Things you need when in a coastal town – sunblock, minimal to no clothing, ideally an eye candy for company and to get around, a convertible.

On that note, there’s probably nothing “hotter” at the moment in the Gran Tourer side of things than the new BMW 8-series convertible. It just screams elegance and sportiness without being obnoxious about it.

No word on whether the convertible would be available in Malaysia just yet but rest assured there wouldn’t be any less suitors.

Globally, there are two variants of the 8-series convertible available – the 850i xDrive and the 840d xDrive. The former gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, paired to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox that’s good for 530 hp and whopping 750 Nm of torque.

0 to 100 km/h is dusted in just 3.9 seconds before it hits the annoying top speed limiter at just 250 km/h.

In the 840d xDrive, 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six diesel engine paired similarly to the 8-speed gearbox with 320 hp and 680 Nm of torque. This one’s more than a second slower than the 850i to a 100 km/h at 5.2 seconds, but with a similar top speed.

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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.