Barely a week after we first got behind the wheel of the range-topping coupé, a Belgian motoring site has published what look like official press shots of the 8 Series Convertible in all its glory.
The shots reveal, unsurprisingly, that the convertible’s bodywork from the door tops down is largely identical to the hard-top, with a more aggressive bodykit and larger wheels indicating (alongside the badging) that this is the initial range flagship M850i version. A full-fat M8 Convertible is due to launch several months after the standard car, with over 600bhp expected from a twin-turbocharged V8.
Unlike the outgoing 4 Series – but in common with the recently axed 6 Series – the 8 Series Convertible features a traditional cloth fabric roof in place of the once-fashionable folding hard top. This means that the weight increase over the coupé will be kept to a minimum. Nevertheless, it’s still likely to be a two-tonne car due to the additional structural bracing required.
A view of the interior shows the cabriolet retains two full-sized rear seats, with the rest of the cabin identical to the coupé.