BMW 8-series Convertible teased - soft-top GT nearing production

Luxury 4-seat convertible to join the new BMW 8-series coupe and upcoming Gran Coupe.

BMW’s new 8-series Coupe will soon be joined by a luxurious convertible version designed to rival the Mercedes-Benz S-class and Bentley Continental GTC, as confirmed by a set of new images released by BMW of a prototype undergoing testing. As the 8-series coupe has now been revealed in full, we have a much clearer idea of what to expect with this new convertible, including what we’ll find under the bonnet.

Arriving early next year, the 8-series Convertible is likely to include the same engine range as the Coupe, including an entry-level 840d featuring a 315bhp inline-six turbodiesel and the flagship (for now) M850i V8 petrol. As in the coupe, the M850i uses a new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing up to 523bhp. A more potent M8 Cabrio is also on its way, and should share the even more powerful twin-turbo V8 from the M5 with around 600bhp.  

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> Click here for more on the upcoming BMW 8-series Coupe 

We expect to see the same broad spread of new tech under the cabrio’s sleek bodywork, including BMW’s active integral steering - or rear-wheel steering to you and me - an active anti-roll stabilisation system, and the latest suite of BMW’s iDrive infotainment and user interface elements.  

Although it’s not designed to be an out-and-out sports car, the 8-series’ more focused dynamic makeup should make it a more engaging GT compared to the laid-back Mercedes S-class Convertible, if not on the level of more exotic rivals like the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. But with the M850i Coupe also now topping out at more than £100k, the even-more-expensive convertible will not be too far away from the asking price of these rivals either.

A third Gran Coupe derivative will also join the range in time, as will the aforementioned M8 models, rivalling both traditional options like the Mercedes CLS, and new ones like the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door. We expect that the cabrio will break cover later this year, before going on sale in early 2019.

Recommended

Visit/bmw/202912/2021-bmw-m4-gt3-racer-partially-revealed
BMW

2021 BMW M4 GT3 racer partially revealed

20 Jul 2020
Visit/bmw/21155/new-2020-bmw-ix3-revealed-midsize-suv-goes-all-electric
BMW

New 2020 BMW iX3 revealed – midsize SUV goes all-electric

14 Jul 2020
Visit/bmw/201827/bmw-m-performance-parts-pricing-availability-and-range
BMW

BMW M Performance parts: pricing, availability and range

21 May 2020
Visit/bmw/202626/this-bmw-m8-competition-is-faster-than-a-mclaren-p1
BMW

This BMW M8 Competition is faster than a McLaren P1

15 May 2020

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
Features

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
13 Aug 2020
Visit/subaru/wrx-sti/202994/new-subaru-wrx-wrx-sti-and-brz-confirmed-in-leaked-plan
Subaru WRX STi

New Subaru WRX, WRX STI and BRZ confirmed in leaked plan

Subaru is developing new WRX, WRX STI and BRZ models in sports car offensive, but UK sales remain unconfirmed.
14 Aug 2020
Visit/mercedes/s-class/22543/new-mercedes-benz-s-class-interior-revealed
Mercedes S-Class

New Mercedes-Benz S-class interior revealed

The new S-class is the most important new Mercedes-Benz coming this year​, here’s an early look at its tech-filled interior
13 Aug 2020