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BMW 8 Series Convertible
In terms of styling, the 8 Series Cabriolet uses the same formula as the Coupe, but with a soft top that opens or closes in 15 seconds even at speeds of up to 50 km/h. It’s a similar story inside, where the exception resides in a small button for the power-operated top and some air ducts integrated to the head restraints. A wind deflector comes standard, too; you can fix it behind the front seats to reduce turbulence while driving with the roof open or keep it stowed away in the trunk when you have passengers in the rear. Speaking of which, space is at a premium in the 8 Series Cabriolet. In fact, it’s more of a 2+2 car than a true four-seater.
Under the hood is an eight-speed automatic transmission mated to a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that produces goosebump-inducing sound effects, especially in Sport mode or when pressing a button to let the exhaust system loose. The epic rush to 7,000 rpm, the quick rev match upon downshifting, all those pops from the exhaust when you take your foot off the throttle—driving the 8 Series Cabriolet is a fabulous experience for the senses, especially your ears. Find a tunnel and prepare to be blown away! The powerful V8 is quite explosive thanks to a max torque of 553 pound-feet, delivered between 1,800 and 4,600 rpm. Sprints from 0-100 km/h are over in just 3.9 seconds.
The 2019 BMW 8 Series Cabriolet naturally carries over all the advanced technologies found in the coupe, such as the latest version of iDrive featuring configurable menus, plus a number of driver-assist systems like BMW’s Personal Co-Pilot, which allows semi-autonomous driving in dense traffic at speeds of up to 60 km/h. What’s more, the 8 Series Cabriolet offers a parking assistant that takes over parking manoeuvres to easily get in or out of tight spaces. It handles steering and all you have to do is to control the pedals.