Monday January 20, 2020

BMW is happy to sacrifice practicality for glamour

It’s officially summer, you know, and one way to celebrate is at the wheel of the exhilarating new 8 Series Convertible, writes Shane O’Donoghue

5th May, 2019
BMW M850i xDrive Convertible is elegant and ‘all but unflappable’

Before I took the wheel of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible at its international media launch in Portugal, a member of the BMW team talked me through the car, pointing out its salient features and answering a few questions I had on its engineering. They didn’t shy away from the fact that the open-topped model is distinctly less practical than its coupé alter-ego, opening up the boot lid to reveal a smaller volume (at...

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