New BMW M850i xDrive convertible is coming to SA next year


BMW is forging ahead with its model offensive in the luxury vehicle segment with the unveiling of an open-top sports auto, which it says blends ultra-sporty driving properties of the 8 Series, with distinctive design elegance. BMW says that's enough to launch from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds on your way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. It's ever so slightly slower than the coupe thanks to the inevitable weight gain associated with rag-top cars, with the 0-62mph time increasing from 3.7 to 3.9 seconds.

The 6 Series Convertible is officially no more, but there's no reason to be sad as BMW is replacing it with this gorgeous droptop.

Along with the folding roof, BMW has also added addition underbody bracing to offset the drop in rigidity, plus a strengthened windscreen and rollover bars - extended by a "pyrotechnic charge" - should the worst happen.

Power is transferred by an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

On paper, it will be one of the fastest convertibles you can buy.

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Inside the cabin, the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible sports multifunction seats (that's the standard gear), while the wind deflector is standard for both the petrol and the diesel.

Technology is used to improve the driving experience in the new convertible. That means the Adaptive M suspension is standard, as is rear-wheel steering. With the push of a button located in the center console, drivers can put the top down in 15 seconds while driving up to 30 miles per hour. It could've been because the original 8er had no B-Pillar or because people just want to see convertible versions of everything anyway (we do have convertible SUVs these days, remember?) but who cares.

You will have to pay extra for winter-proofing in the form of BMW's headrest-mounted neck warming system. Its starting price is set at $122,395, representing a $9,500 premium on the M850i xDrive coupe hitting showrooms in December.

On the inside, BMW's latest Live Cockpit Professional with satnav and digital instrument cluster is standard, along with Head-up Display.