Some spy photos have just surfaced of some sort of large BMW convertible driving around wearing heavy camouflage. Very little can be made out and it’s very hard to tell what this BMW is. Knowing that BMW is working on two different coupes and convertibles, the 6 Series and 8 Series, it can be hard to tell which this is. However, our sources are telling us that this is a BMW 8 Series Convertible and these sources aren’t really ever wrong. So we’re inclined to believe them.
It certainly isn’t impossible to imagine this being an 8 Series anyway, as its long hood, short rear deck and massive kidney grilles and headlights give this car a big grand touring look. It’s also very low and very sleek, making it seem like it’s going to be very stylish, putting it right in line to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S Class Coupe and Convertible.
There’s a strange little shark fin right behind where the B-pillar would be if it had one. Not sure what that could be or why it would be there. It’s possible it’s just some strange fake body cladding to throw onlookers like us off BMW’s scent, as we’ve seen BMW do stuff like that before.
We’re not sure what sort of powertrains will be offered in such an 8 Series, however it’s likely that they will mirror the 7 Series’. If that’s the case, it will pack a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine as its entry-level engine, a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as it’s mid-level engine and possibly a 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 in the top-of-the-line M Performance model. There could also be a line of diesel engines and maybe even a hybrid model, depending on how BMW wants to play it with the 8 Series. While those engine lines would make sense, BMW might want to keep the 8 Series a bit more exclusive than the 7 Series.