BMW's 8-series convertible: Alfresco with flair

The new BMW 8-series Convertible combines luxury with plenty of sporty design elements. At the push of a button, its roof opens fully in 15 seconds. It is expected to cost around $630,000 with COE.
The M850i xDrive Convertible has rear-biased all-wheel-drive, rear-wheel steering and a rear differential lock, all of which allow for better grip and nimbler handling on twisty roads.
The M850i xDrive Convertible has rear-biased all-wheel-drive, rear-wheel steering and a rear differential lock, all of which allow for better grip and nimbler handling on twisty roads.PHOTO: LIONEL SEAH
The M850i xDrive Convertible has rear-biased all-wheel-drive, rear-wheel steering and a rear differential lock, all of which allow for better grip and nimbler handling on twisty roads.
The M850i xDrive Convertible has rear-biased all-wheel-drive, rear-wheel steering and a rear differential lock, all of which allow for better grip and nimbler handling on twisty roads.PHOTO: LIONEL SEAH

BMW's 8-series convertible is a class act with a plush ride and punchy performance

The BMW 8-series replaces the 6-series range, which includes a coupe, convertible and a four-door.

Following quickly after the 8-series coupe, which was released for a test-drive five months ago, the convertible is put through its paces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 13, 2019, with the headline 'Alfresco with flair'. Print Edition | Subscribe