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 $122,395, including shipping.
The convertible is powered by a new version of BMW's TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter, V-8 engine that generates 523 hp and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 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."