The BMW 8 Series convertible has leaked ahead of its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show at the end of November.

The images come from Autotijd, and they clearly show the 8 Series without, you guessed it, a roof.

Apart from getting more wind in your hair, the rest of the car hasn’t changed at all. It’s still powered by a 530-hp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, hooked up to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic.

The grand touring coupe replaces the 6 Series in BMW’s lineup, and does it with style. The roofline gives it an almost Aston Martin-like profile, which is why we loved the concept in the first place.

Yes, it’s true the new 8 Series still won’t have a V12 or a manual transmission, but it will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, with the convertible version only a few tenths off from that. Is that good enough for you? Is that enough to blow your hair back?

Will Smith’s song “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” references an 850i with a drop-top, but the last generation of 850, the E31, never came in a convertible version; we’re glad to see BMW has corrected its error, and helped to make the lyrics of Smith’s 1997 hit a little more accurate.

The standard 8 Series Coupe starts out at US$135,000, and we’re guessing there’s going to a premium to pay to show up to the party with your hair a mess.

Source: Driving

October 31, 2018