"A convertible should look equally impressive closed and open,” says Patrick Bober. “This goal for the BMW 8 Series Convertible posed a couple of challenges in the ‘refinement’ stage, which is the final polish in terms of quality and workmanship.” For instance, after reviewing their results, the designers modified the cover to streamline it and optimized the visible roof kinematics. The team lavished a lot of attention on the windshield and the cabin, for instance using “SRT” leather (Sun Reflective Technology) to reduce the heating effect and maintain a pleasant seat temperature even in hot, bright sunlight.
The Swarovski crystal glass controls, which are optional extras for the BMW 8 Series Convertible, were a completely new development. Making them is an elaborate process: “We sat with the designers responsible for the controls and worked until we had the best, technically feasible solution,” says Patrick Bober. “We discussed the polish, technical solutions for the numeral 8 inside the crystal and any implementation risks that needed to be addressed. Good design should not only communicate the brand values, but it should also be long-lasting and, ideally, iconic.”