BMW M8 Convertible
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Unveiled alongside the M8 Coupe, the first ever BMW M8 Convertible is powered by the same engine, which was borrowed straight from the fastest sedan in the BMW lineup, the M5.
Just like in its coupe brother, the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 develops 600 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque in the base model and 625 horsepower in the M8 Convertible Competition version, which are identical numbers with the M5 donor.
Also shared with the M8 Coupe and taken straight out of the M5 is the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a rear-based setup and Active M Differential, sending the power to either all four wheels or just the rear ones via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox. Ina similar fashion to its brothers the M8 Convertible can be driven either in the default 4WD setting or 4WD Sport mode, which sends a lot more power to the rear wheels. When the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is deactivated, the model becomes a pure 2WD car. The standard M8 Convertible can go from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, while the 200 kph (124 mph) speed is clocked in 11.3 seconds. The M8 Convertible Competition is slightly faster, with the 0-100 kph time taking 3.3 seconds and 200 kph being reached in 11.1 seconds.
Since the open-top vehicles are usually slower than their coupe siblings, most car enthusiasts prefer the latter for performance.
Yet, the convertibles are somehow more attractive, and thus, there is a serious market for them, especially if they are fitted with high-power engines.
The M8 Competition Convertible received a facelifted version at the beginning of 2022, along with its hard-roof versions, the Coupe, and the Gran Coupe. Yes, it couldn’t match them in terms of acceleration times or hard-cornering abilities, but it had more flavor with the top down while cruising on the streets.
Along with the facelifted version, it received minor exterior details. Apart from the color palette, which was enlarged, it kept the same appearance. The same bumper with black inserts and wide center grille in the lower apron dominated the front fascia, while the side scoops kept their hexagonal mesh pattern for the ducts that channeled the air to the front disc brakes. The light-alloy wheels, though, were changed with a standard 20” set and a few options for other designs with the same size. Its M8 predecessor featured a set of 19” as standard with an option for 20” alloys.
The cockpit went through some changes and received a 12.3” touch screen atop the center stack. It replaced the older, 10.25” unit from the 2018 model and also got some upgrades for the infotainment system in terms of performance. The M8 Convertible featured standard sport seats with multiple adjustments, while the carmaker offered an option for Carbon bucket seats for those who still wanted to try the car’s muscles on a track.
Under the hood, there were no surprises. It still had the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that provided 600 PS (592 hp) for the M8 and 625 PS (616 hp) for the Competition version.