Rejoice - BMW isn't scrapping the 8 Series after all.
In contrast to the controversial 4 Series, the BMW 8 Series is arguably one of the best-looking cars the Bavarian automaker has built in a long time. Unfortunately, sales for the gorgeous grand tourer have been disappointing, leading to fears that the 8 Series will be prematurely discontinued.
Spy shots of prototype facelifts have confirmed the 8 Series has a few more years of life left in it yet. BMW has already been caught testing the updated 8 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe, and now our spy photographers have snapped some photos of the new 8 Series Convertible facelift for the first time with the fabric roof folded up.
Like the other prototypes, the front and rear of the 8 Series Convertible are fully camouflaged, disguising some minor exterior changes. At the front, a redesigned bumper, modified kidney grilles, and new slimmer headlights will give the 8 Series Convertible a more fetching face. The rear lights also appear to have new graphics and the rear bumper has been revised.
For the first time, we also get a first look inside the new 8 Series facelift. As standard, all 8 Series models include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, but the 8 Series Convertible prototype has a noticeably larger touchscreen and will presumably have updated software.
This also confirms the new 8 Series won't be getting the i4's curved display, which we've seen in prototypes for the updated 3 Series, X6, and X5 M.
Don't expect any changes under the hood, however. Like the current model, the updated 8 Series Convertible will utilize a 3.0-liter six-cylinder producing 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque in the base model or a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 generating 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in the M850i. We don't have confirmation yet, but we're expecting the new 8 Series Convertible to debut in early 2022. Before then, its fixed-roof siblings will likely arrive later this year.