The BMW 8 Series Convertible delivers a good compromise between the luxury of, say, a Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet and the driving dynamics of, say, a Porsche 911 Cabriolet. If your priorities lie either in ultimate luxury or sharp handling, it may not completely satisfy, but as an extremely desirable balance between these two extremes, it’s difficult to beat.
BMW 8 Series
Why Lease The BMW 8 Series Convertible?
This 8 Series Convertible is a development of the 6 Series Convertible model BMW first launched back in 2011 and will be a rare sight on our roads. Obviously, it shares a lot of its engineering with its 8 Series Coupe showroom stablemate; such was the rigidity of the fixed top model’s platform that very few extra roof-specific and weight increasing measures were needed for this open top design.
It’s a fabric roof of course, which is lightweight and provides excellent acoustic insulation. When it’s erected, it sits taut over the cabin, so retaining the car’s coupe-like profile. Raising or lowering the roof takes only 15 seconds and can be done at speeds of up to 31mph.
Boot space isn’t much reduced over the Coupe model when the roof’s up, there’s 350-litres of space – only 70-litres less than the Coupe and quite enough for your golf clubs. You get a bit less when the roof’s open, capacity reducing to only 280-litres. There’s a split-folding rear backrest so that you can push longer items through from the boot.
As you’d expect, all versions of this car are superbly well equipped. Even the most affordable 840i sDrive version comes with 20-inch M light alloy Y spoke wheels and an M Sport differential to help you get the power down through the bends. Inside, the heated sports seats are trimmed in black Merino leather and are electrically operable with memory buttons.
There’s also BMW Icon Adaptive LED headlights with a High Beam Assistant, ‘Comfort Access’ keyless entry, ambient lighting, automatic air conditioning a Harmon Kardon loudspeaker premium audio system, a frameless interior mirror, a rear view camera and a 12.3 inch digital instrument display.
Media connectivity is taken care of by 10.25-inch centre stack control display with touch function incorporating the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control system. Safety is taken care of by BMW’s ’Active Guard’ package of camera features.
You could argue that there’s nothing quite like an 8 Series Convertible. Probably Lexus’ LC Convertible comes closest, but that costs more and isn’t as sharp to drive. A Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is even pricier still and again, can’t match this BMW dynamically. A Porsche 911 Cabriolet is also costlier and though it’s sharper to drive, can’t ride with the same kind of luxury as this 8 Series. Maserati’s GranCabrio isn’t as well built. And the Jaguar F-Type Convertible is a lot smaller inside.
This is the most credible large BMW Convertible to date. Job done for the Munich maker