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The BMW brand is synonymous with luxury, style and superior performance. They have been producing outstanding vehicles for almost a century and do not show any signs of slowing down. When Ohlala was invited by Euro Motors to test drive the new 8 Series M850i xDrive Convertible, we could not have been happier to accept.

Our first impression of this convertible was that it is aesthetically stunning. The master designers at BMW have created a truly magnificent vehicle to look at. This state-of-the-art sports car has a character all of its own, one that radiates high-performance and modern extravagance. Strong yet light-weight materials including aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic have been extensively used to reduce the weight of the vehicle, adding to its performance capabilities. The anthracite soft top with silver effects blends effortlessly into the dynamic lines of the vehicle and we could not wait to get out on the open road with the top down. Despite its elegant curves, there is no mistaking that this car has been built with power and speed in mind. The wide, low-slung front end, complete with standard LED headlights, exudes sporting intent and gives the vehicle a confident presence. Powerfully flared wheel arches housing 20-inch M light alloy wheels, slim all-LED rear light clusters and twin exhaust tail pipes all add to this car’s already striking appearance.

The flawless nature of the 8 Series Convertible continues in the design of the interior. Ambient lighting greeted us as soon as we slipped into the cabin, illuminating the lavish layout. At the simple push of a button located on the centre console, the soft top folded away in approximately 15 seconds, which is possible to do even at speeds of up to 50 km/h. At this point, the full splendour of the car revealed itself to us in all of its glory. The materials used throughout the interior are of premium quality and the overall design is both beautiful and functional. The electronically operated sports seats with built in head restraints feature a Merino leather trim and are possibly the most comfortable seats we have experienced to date.

Passengers still have plenty of head room when the top is up as well as leg and shoulder room, ensuring everyone a comfortable ride. The rear seats provide excellent lateral support and integral head restraints, allowing all occupants to share in the sports-car feel. The boot of this convertible has a capacity of 440-litres which is big enough to accommodate three golf bags.

This model is equipped with The BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation function that includes a high-quality display network, consisting of a high-resolution 10.25-inch touchscreen Control Display, along with a fully digital, 12.3-inch screen instrument display. We soon managed to find our way around this system and were impressed by how functional and practical it was.

The M850i xDrive Convertible boasts a powerful 4.4-litre, V8 engine that produces an exhilarating sound that is amplified by the M Sport exhaust system. We could not help but smile from ear-to-ear as pressure was applied to the accelerator and our hair began to whip around in the wind. With a maximum output of 390kW/530hp and a peak torque of 750Nm, we were soon pressed hard against our seats, suddenly grateful for the support they provided. This absolute monster of an engine allows this vehicle to surge from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds! The engine links up with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission which comes with shift paddles on the steering wheel as standard, for a manual gear changing option. The latest generation of BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, ensures the drive power on offer is efficiently channelled onto the road, supplying unapparelled performance on the tarmac. This car’s power is complemented by its highly responsive braking and traction control systems.

“This state-of-the-art sports car has a character all of its own, one that radiates high-performance and modern extravagance.”

In order to ensure the safety of both you and your family, this convertible houses an array of cutting-edge safety systems. These include Head-Up display, Driving Assistant, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking Function and Lane Departure Warning, amongst many others.

We cannot speak highly enough of the 8 Series Convertible. It was definitely one of our most exciting test drives to date and we can only encourage all those hunting for an exceptional new sports vehicle to contact Euro Motors to book a test drive of your very own.

To arrange a test drive please contact BMW Bahrain, Euro Motors on 1775 0750. @bmw_euromotorsbh

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