BMW adds convertible to 8 series lineup in Canada


BMW’s 8-series model line is getting a new addition — a convertible.

The soft-top, four-seat 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible will launch in March and start at $131,500. BMW Canada didn’t immediately say how much shipping will cost.

The convertible is powered by a new version of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 4.4-litre, V-8 engine that generates 523 hp and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

A new aluminum alloy provides a stronger engine block, BMW said.

The 8-series convertible carries visual cues that underscore the power under the hood.

The front of the vehicle features large air intakes, while the signature BMW kidney grille features a hexagonal outline that widens toward the bottom. The rear design emphasizes the car’s width and low center of gravity.

The slender all-LED rear light clusters extend deep into the flanks. The taillights illuminate in a distinctive “L” shape. Twin, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes are positioned either side of the rear lower section.

Earlier this fall, BMW reintroduced the 8-series coupe, the first new 8 series in two decades.

The 8 series is positioned to take on the high-end Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions

“At this price level, rarified models such as the 8-series convertible are image leaders and halo products to showcase what buyers aspire to own,” Fiorani said. “With models like the 2 series pulling the brand into lower price brackets, the BMW 8 series keeps the brand’s image as aspirational even when some models are attainable to the average buyer.”

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