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BMW 8 Series Convertible

5/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 8 Series Convertible

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Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

BMW’s most opulent drop-top insists it’s a proper sports car. Question is, why?

It’s difficult to put your finger on why the 8 Series doesn’t quite satisfy. You sit there in fabulous comfort, with great speed, much noise and all this tech at your fingertips, and yet it just doesn’t feel special, to drive or to sit in. It’s very much the top-of-the-range BMW. It feels like the best 4 Series you’ve ever sat in, not a true Mercedes S-Class or Aston alternative.

But is that the fault of the car, or just how BMW is pitching and pricing it? We judge the 8 harshly because it is precisely that: an apparent new 8 Series, not a new 6 Series. It’s supposed to conjure a sense of wellbeing greater than the sum of its parts, but as superbly engineered as the M850i’s soft-top version undoubtedly is, we’d still find different homes for our £100,000. We await the 840d version with interest – a fine swansong for diesel it may yet prove to be.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

BMW

840d xDrive 2dr Auto

£82,385
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46mpg
5.20s
320bhp
161g/km
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