2018 LA Auto Show: BMW 8 Series Convertible Looking Good in LA

8 Series, Auto Shows | November 28th, 2018 by 9
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Personally, I’m not a huge convertible GT guy. When it comes to convertibles, I like them small, compact and sporty. Like a Mazda MX-5. However, there are a few exceptions, big comfy cruisers that I like quite a bit. The BMW 8 Series Convertible is one such car and it looked great at the 2018 LA Auto Show.

It’s a genuinely pretty car, the 8 Series Convertible. While the standard 8 Series Coupe is muscular and sporty looking, losing the roof adds a beauty. Sans roof, the 8er is prettier and more luxurious looking. Especially on those big wheels. It looks like something you’d want to cross Europe in. Top down, sun out, Ray-Bans on.

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One of the better parts about it being a convertible is that you can see its interior better. The cabin of the BMW 8 Series is fantastic. It isn’t as flashy or as glamorous as the Mercedes S-Class Cabrio’s, nor is it as opulent as the Aston Martin DB11 Volante’s, but it’s very handsome, sporty and elegant. It might not have a ton of flash but it’s got a ton of class.

The only model on display was the BMW M850i Convertible, as that’s the only model being sold in America at first. A BMW 840i will eventually debut but for now it’s just the M850i. So it’s packing a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 530 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That helps it get from 0-60 mph in the high three-second range. So it’s one fast convertible. An eight-speed auto is standard, as is xDrive all-wheel drive.

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Eventually, there will also be an M8 Convertible, which will pack the same 600 hp-plus powertrain as the standard BMW M8. Just, ya know, without a roof.

Horatiu has already driven the new 8 Series but we can’t wait to test the drop-top version. Hopefully we’ll get some sunny weather to do so.

9 responses to “2018 LA Auto Show: BMW 8 Series Convertible Looking Good in LA”

  1. jitorres4 says:

    Where is the “Swarovski” shifter? Can they not even make it standard on their “Bayerische Motoren Werke” line? Which, by the way, what differentiates it from the rest? Thus far, I do not see anything.

  2. K Mac says:

    Are there really grown men 6ft tall or even close to 6ft tall, who would actually want a Miata over any one of many bigger convertibles.

    • Ehh I don’t care I’m only 5ft9 :)

      • K Mac says:

        I don’t mean to come across as rude but here in SoCal, there has always been a stereotype about Miatas: girls/women drive them and the only guys who drive them are gay guys or really short guys. I’m 6’1″ but I wouldn’t consider 5’9″ short for a guy, anything below 5’9″ then yes. Haha

        I drive a 2010 Audi R8 Spyder as my very thursty daily driver. I am looking for something new to purchase or lease in January. I love convertibles but you may be right about the 8-series being too big, or for me, rather too long.

        I drove an S-Class cabriolet and felt that although it is very nice inside and I can sit comfortably in the usable rear seats, it too, felt a bit too long, as if you really need to watch the front and rear so as to not hit anything when turning or backing up.

        For reasons I can’t explain, I’m not loving the 2nd gen R8 as much as I would like to. And after 3-hours in the Acura NSX recently, I am seriously considering it because it truly is the most daily drivable supercar out there. If Honda would just release a convertible, I would be sold 100%.

        Long live drop tops!!!

        • Ha, I appreciate you saying 5’9” isn’t short :) but honestly, if you’re looking for a less thirsty convertible that isn’t as big as the 8 Series, and I’m going against BMW here, go Porsche Boxster. There isn’t a better driving convertible under six-figures. Period. Plus you can get it with three pedals :)

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