Soon after the debut of the BMW 8 Series coupe, we caught the Bavarian brand’s engineers testing the 8 Series convertible. Its rough shape has been seen before in patent filings but we spotted a prototype on the autobahn near Munich, with its engineer enjoying the sunshine while testing the four-seater. The big daddy coupe has already begun production at Dingolfing in Germany, and made its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last week (Motor News took a ride up the famous hill in it), with deliveries due to start at the end of 2018 in some markets. But the convertible has been harder to spot. Alongside the 8 Series Gran Coupe four-door, the convertible has been absent from BMW’s public statements. The Gran Coupe, closely related to the M8 Grand Coupe Concept that stunned the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, is slated for production late in 2019. The two-door convertible may even beat the four-door coupe to production, but not by much. While visibly identical to the coupe from the...

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