BMW has a lot of new cars in development, and one of them is the open-top version of the upcoming 8-Series.
Built on the same architecture as its fixed-roof sibling, which is shared with the 5- and 7-Series as well, it will serve as the more upscale replacement of the current 6-Series Convertible.
The latest prototype scooped at the Nurburgring has most of its body hidden away beneath vinyl wraps. However, we do know that it will adopt many of the design features of the 8-Series Concept that was shown in late spring during the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este and, as is obvious from the images, a soft top instead of a retractable hard top.
As far as the engine lineup goes, expect an assortment of six- and eight-cylinder units, and even a possible V12, which will power the 825, 830, 835, 850, 845, 860 and M850, as these are the monikers trademarked by BMW last year.
Coming to top them all could be an M model, just like the Coupe, probably using the V8 powertrain of the new M5 that's expected to develop around 600hp, which will place it against the likes of the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet.