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    BMW 8-SERIES CONVERTIBLE

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    More luxurious than a 911 Convertible, cheaper than an Aston DB11 Volante, the #BMW 8-series Convertible is a hard car to pigeonhole. Let’s focus on what we know – this is a droptop luxo-lounge for four, with a petrol V8 or six-cylinder diesel, and handling that doesn’t tally with a near two-tonne kerbweight.

    In reality there isn’t room for four adults and, while the diesel offers sufficient punch and low running costs, the 4.4-litre soundtrack of the M850i is just better.

    Handles well, too. Suitably taut, with none of the associated wobbliness from the lack of roof, the 8-series turns in hard and manages midcorner lumps and bumps deftly. Thank standard adaptive dampers and rear-wheel steering for that, and #xDrive all-wheel drive that means you can get back on the power early, too. All in all, perfectly placed between the 911 and DB11, and with a refined character of its own.

    First verdict

    Good refinement with a drive that makes you forget this is a ‘softer’ convertible. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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    Topless models / #BMW / #BMW-E31 / #BMW-8-Series / #BMW-8-Series-E31 / #Alpina-B12-E31 / #Alpina

    I’m hoping you can resolve a dispute that I’m having with my brother. We’re both #BMW nuts and hope to own one when we eventually pass our driving tests. My dream car is an 8 Series – ideally an #Alpina-B12 5.7 but I’ll need to get a pretty decent job to afford one of those. Note to self – concentrate in school!

    My brother says that I should really get an #BMW-8-Series-Convertible and while I keep telling him they never made one he insists he’s seen an article about the car. Can you clear this up for us please?
    • In a way you’re both right Freddie – you because BMW never made a production version and your brother because the prototype 8 Series Convertible has bIn a way you’re both right Freddie – you because BMW never made a production version and your brother because the prototype 8 Series Convertible has been featured in these pages back in August 2010. BMW’s marketing team was very keen for this machine to be built but it proved to be too difficult to successfully engineer a soft-top version as it suffered from terrible scuttle shake.

      Strengthening the car’s structure took so much additional metal that it was then too heavy to perform adequately. Ultimately it was just too costly to produce a soft-top version of what was not a big-selling car.

      Good luck in securing an Alpina B12 one day – start off with an 840Ci and hope that you can bag that well-paid job!
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