Ultra-luxury BMW convertible unveiled before 2019 arrival

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A drop-top version of the company's 8 Series Coupe, it uses a full soft-top setup that can be opened and closed in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. This setup enables the convertible to rocket from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in 3.8 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 km/h). It could've been because the original 8er had no B-Pillar or because people just want to see convertible versions of everything anyway (we do have convertible SUVs these days, remember?) but who cares. Both come with an eight-speed automatic with all-wheel drive, although one promises power and speed while the other delivers economy and torque. The intelligent transmission also takes input from the navigation system to improve efficiency and driving dynamics based on the route.

Since the M850i has been created to slot underneath the M8 Convertible, the vehicle has been equipped with an assortment of performance features. BMW paid special attention to the convertible stow cover, giving it a slight double bubble appearance when the top is down.

The top requires 15 seconds to open and close, and it can operate at up to 30 miles per hour (48 kph).

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The convertible has two invisible features not found in the coupe.

The M Sport package for the 840d xDrive with specific design and equipment features: "front apron with extra-large air intakes, distinctive side skirt and rear apron design, 19" M light-alloy wheels, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel and illuminated door sills with M logo. When the car's computer senses the risk of a rollover, it will automatically deploy two aluminum bars behind the rear seat headrests. Roof up, interior noise levels are nearly as low as the Coupe, according to BMW. Rounding out the highlights are a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch display. Its starting price is set at $122,395, representing a $9,500 premium on the M850i xDrive coupe hitting showrooms in December.

While global sales of the Coupe start at the end of this year, the Convertible is being readied for global launch next March.

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