The 2019 BMW M850i convertible (starting at $ 121,400) delivers all the above and more. The rebirth of the 8 Series has yielded a vehicle that is equal parts growling beast and refined tourer. Sure you could get the coupe version (starting at $ 10,000 less than the drop-top), but where's the fun in that? Plus, for the rich nerds out there, it's packed to the kidney grilles with the latest tech from the German automaker. For the tourer in a hurry, the M850i has a 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine pumping out 523 horsepower and 553-foot-pounds of torque. It will zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds. Just in Eco mode, when the pedal is pushed to the luxurious metal, it unleashes a guttural growl (albeit a refined one). Just to let you and others know that you are the type of 40 something that has a pulse. In Sport Plus mode, the soundtrack includes the pops and roars found in sports cars.
Getting all that power to the ground in orderly fashion is where BMW's XDrive AWD (All wheel drive) system shines.
The all-wheel steering is fun on the open road, but it's better in parking lots and other tight driving situations. Having these rear-wheels turn makes getting into spaces much easier while garages with all their poles and randomly placed support beams become about 100 percent more manageable.