The BMW 8-Series Coupe has been joined on the assembly line at the Dingolfing factory in Germany, by its topless sibling, the new 8-Series Convertible.
The brand’s flagship open-top model is being built alongside the 5-Series and 7-Series at the site in Lower Bavaria, which received an investment of less than €100 million (~$114 million) to prepare for the new model family.
With rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet in its sight, the BMW 8-Series Convertible benefits from a multi-layered soft-top. It opens and closes at the push of a button in 15 seconds, comes in black as standard or Anthracite Silver as an option, and is said to minimize the weight of the car, while providing “superb acoustic insulation” from the outside world.
When it goes on sale in March 2019, the new BMW 8-Series Convertible will be available with two engines. The first one is a diesel, in the 840d xDrive version, with 320 PS (315 hp / 235 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque produced by the 3.0-liter inline-six. As for the petrol-powered offering, the M850i xDrive, it uses a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that churns out 530 PS (523 hp / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.
Both engines come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and are said to comply with the Euro 6d Temp emission standard. Pricing details will be announced in due course.