BMW 8 Series Convertible leaks

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Set to go on sale in the United States in March, the M850i xDrive Convertible follows in the footsteps of the 8-Series Coupe but adopts a retractable soft top which can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). BMW says that's enough to launch from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds on your way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Other than the roof, the 8 Series Convertible shares all the components and equipment with the 8 Series Coupe. An eight-speed automatic will handle the gear changes. To make sure everyone can hear you doing the sprint, the M850i comes with a variable, flap-controlled M sports exhaust system as standard. Active steering also allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.5 degrees.

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BMW are expected to make their new 8 Series Convertible at the 2018 LA Auto Show which takes place between the 30th of November and the 9th of December, as soon as we get some more details about the vehicle, we will let you guys know. Two oversized connected kidney grilles front a long hood with a short front overhang. Opening or closing happens with the push of a button and can be done in 15 seconds while in motion up to 50 km/h.

To protect passengers in the event of a crash, BMW uses an automatically activated rollover protection system. This, paired with the A-pillar windshield surround that is created to withstand impacts, keeps occupants protected during accidents. BMW built air vents into the front seat headrests that act as neck warmers. Real convertible drivers know there are few better feelings than the top down on a crisp fall day with the heat blasting inside.

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On the inside, BMW's latest Live Cockpit Professional with satnav and digital instrument cluster is standard, along with Head-up Display. The first examples of these droptops will roll into dealers in the United States in March 2019 at a base price of $121,400, plus an additional $995 destination fee. The Coupe, meanwhile, goes for $9,500 less at $111,900.

According to Autocar, orders for the 8 Series Convertible will open next month, with United Kingdom deliveries due to kick off in March 2019.

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