What Car? says...
What you’re looking at here is a four-wheeled foregone conclusion, in a good way. At the end of the day, if you’re going to build a big, posh coupé, you might as well make a drop-top version as well. So with the predictability of a bank holiday washout, may we present to you the BMW 8 Series Convertible? And if you keep reading on, we'll tell you if it's the perfect drop-top for when the sun does shine.
As with its tin-topped sibling , you’ve got a choice of powerful six-cylinder diesel or V8 petrol engines, which drive all four wheels on most versions, via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s not all about straight-line pace, though. At the heart of the 8 Series Convertible is a platform that combines high-strength steel, aluminium, magnesium and carbonfibre-reinforced plastic. That’s claimed to make it significantly lighter than its Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet and Bentley Continental GT Convertible rivals, while retaining the structural stiffness that's often lost by lopping off a car's roof.
|RRP price range||£82,115 - £126,105|
|Number of trims (see all)||2|
|Number of engines (see all)||3|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||diesel, petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||26.2 - 43.5|
|Available doors options||2|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£5,973 / £9,186|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£11,946 / £18,373|