BMW opens up with new 8 Se­ries

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - CHRIS RUSSON news­[email protected]­

BMW is con­tin­u­ing to press ahead with new model ranges by adding a con­vert­ible to its 8 Se­ries line up.

It will be on sale next April – like the new X7 flag­ship SUV the com­pany an­nounced a cou­ple of weeks ago – and will be priced from £83,270.

Tak­ing a swipe at MercedesBenz with its S-Class coupe and cabri­o­lets, the new BMW will ini­tially be avail­able ei­ther with a V8 petrol en­gine de­liv­er­ing 530bhp or as a six-cylin­der diesel with 320bhp on tap.

The V8 M850i in­cludes BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive tech­nol­ogy and will be priced from £107,045.

With more power and torque than the diesel it can ac­cel­er­ate from 0 to 60 in 3.9 sec­onds and of­fi­cially is rated at 28.5mpg with emis­sions of 225g/km.

The diesel is more eco­nom­i­cal at 45.6mpg (161g/km) and com­pletes the 0 to 60 dash in 5.2 sec­onds.

Both have top speeds of 155mph and each has its own ex­haust sound­track while both have eight speed au­to­matic gear­boxes.

Mea­sur­ing 15ft 10ins long, al­most 6ft 3ins wide and 4ft 5ins high, the con­vert­ible is al­most the same size as the 8 Se­ries coupe which is due to be launched in the next few weeks priced from £76,720.

As an open-top four seater the 8 Se­ries con­vert­ible has a fab­ric roof which has meant some changes to the body struc­ture to give the car a low stance on the road.

M Sport styling is stan­dard and in ad­di­tion to a sculpted rear apron and side skirts, the diesel con­vert­ible has a matt-fin­ish grille while the 840d xDrive model is set off with a gloss ef­fect as part of an M Tech­nic Sport Pack­age.

The roof can be opened and closed elec­tron­i­cally in 15 sec­onds at speeds of up to 31mph and is stowed out of sight in the boot.

A wind de­flec­tor and neck warm­ers in­te­grated into the front seat head re­straints are stan­dard and so are high-in­ten­sity LED head­lamps.

For the 8 Se­ries con­vert­ible BMW has de­vised a new rollover pro­tec­tion sys­tem which in­cludes two pro­tec­tive alu­minium bars with the head re­straints which are de­ployed if the car is likely to roll over, pro­tect­ing all four oc­cu­pants. Brid­gend, Port Tal­bot and Swansea

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