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.
We mention both the S-Class and the Continental GT, because while BMW touts itself as the 'Ultimate Driving Machine' manufacturer, the 8 Series still has a large footprint. That moves it away from sports cars such as the Porsche 911 Cabriolet and towards the luxury end of the market.
Is it sporty enough? And to get the best from it, should you load it up with expensive options, such as four-wheel steering or active anti-roll bars? Click through the next few pages to find out, where we’ll reveal all. And don’t forget to check out what deals we can offer you on new convertibles by heading to our New Car Buying page.