Of course, someone who can afford this car will never care about the fuel consumption. The key factor is simply the emotions delivered by this cabrio. The V8 under the hood of the M850i manages to be silent and peaceful when driven, whereas pressing harder on the gas pedal will outrageously unleash its full potential, also signaled by the loud, distinctive roar.
In a blink of an eye, you’ll find yourself driving at around 100 km/h and pushing towards 200 km/h will be no effort for the big engine. What’s more, the car feels very safe, predictable and stable even at high speeds. The damping response is very precise and the M850i is virtually glued to the tarmac, confidently keeping the lane even when cornering fiercely on a mountain road.
The xDrive chassis is simply an impeccable work of engineering, as it maximizes the full potential of the powertrain underneath the M850i Convertible. Harnessing all that immense output and the peak torque of 750 Nm/553 lb-ft is no easy task in general, but for the intelligent AWD system it seems like piece of cake. And to be honest: we are talking about a two-ton car (1,995 kg for precision).
The acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h takes 3.9 seconds, which puts the Convertible on par with the Gran Coupe, yet it is still 0.2 seconds slower than the G15. The immense tractive force is further highlighted by the availability of the entire torque from as low as 1,800 rpm. Of course, the superb 8-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox is the perfect companion of the engine, accurately translating the intricate technical language of the V8 unit for guaranteed driving pleasure.
The M850i Convertible is the kind of automobile that sets you free, lets you feel at one with it and pushes yourself to unthinkable limits. The more you drive it, the crazier you become, in the good sense.
Conclusion: The ultimate convertible?
It’s pretty hard to draw a definitive conclusion on the G14. I cherished every second spent with it and still long for the car. The M850i Convertible drives in an outstanding manner, like no other car I have driven to-date. The powertrain is a pinnacle of automotive engineering, whereas the refinement and elegance reach new levels thanks to the special Individual appointments.
Concerning the question, it might well be, if you remove some of the outrageous open-top supercars or the M8. But even having those in the equation, the 8 Series Convertible still does a pretty good impression, offering sporting ability for everyday use and a charming level of sophistication, in true BMW style.
The G14 is acceptably suitable for everyday use, but you don’t buy such a car looking for the practicality of an X5, for example. You buy it because you want to experience a different kind of pleasure. The M850i Convertible is exactly the car for those that want to set apart from the crowd in high fashion.
Would I buy one? Three times yes. One, if the restrictive pricing were no issue for me. Two, because the 8 Series Convertible is the car in which you’ll certainly receive a lot of attention when passing on the street. And finally three, for the intense and unforgettable feeling of a summer breeze at the dawn of winter which I experienced during my 5-day adventure with the G14.