Few things are more enjoyable for a driver and enthusiast than rolling and speeding around in a car BMW. It’s hard not to imagine sitting in a BMW when you imagine yourself cruising with the roof down over the countryside or along the coastline, isn’t it? The German auto giant has always had a large stable of convertibles, be it the 4-Series Convertible, the 8-Series Convertible, the M4 Convertible or the Z4 Roadster. This is certainly not a bad line-up, which makes you realize that BMW has always offered great roadsters and convertibles, right up to almost a hundred years ago.
Sure, cars were a lot simpler in those days, but BMW has certainly always focused on the driving pleasure and practicality of their drop-top variants of cars, which leads us to take a look at some of the best BMW roadsters of all time. While there are more than we could count in the brand’s 106-year history, here are the 10 best roadsters to ever come off the BMW assembly line.
10 BMW Z1
Any conversation about BMW’s convertibles will always mention the brand’s many fantastic ‘Z’ cars, and what better car to start the conversation with than the original BMW Z1? The original Z1 debuted in 1989 and immediately fell into the automotive world as one of the most fascinating cars in recent history.
The BMW Z1’s unique bodywork with easily removable plastic panels became the talk of the town, and it was essentially a modular car, with BMW claiming that the panels could be easily swapped out with those of different colours. In 1989 the vertical sliding doors were the USP of the car, sliding into the body for an open air sports car experience.
9 BMW M6 Convertible
In 2012, the BMW M6 Cabriolet appeared, the performance variant of the second generation of the brand’s 6-series. The M6 Cabriolet did what BMW’s cars did best: represent the Bavarians in every discussion of high-performing convertibles, and it did so with expertise. A remarkable blend of looks and power, the M6 Cabriolet stood in the middle of a sports car and a roadster.
It was the aggressive stance of the M6 Cabriolet that set it apart from the rest of the 6 Series, and the Cabriolet backed up that stance with its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with direct fuel injection. With 560 horsepower and a peak torque of 500 lb-ft of torque, the M6 Cabriolet was never lacking in power, nor was it lacking in style.
8 BMW Z3
There are so many successful and impressive Z cars that BMW has made that it is impossible to talk about just one. The Z3 has been a symbolic model for BMW since its debut, and it is the successor to the Z1, which has filled in the big shoes quite adeptly. It was the 503 Roadster that laid the foundation for the BMW Z3, and like the 503, the Z3 has a dynamic and timeless design that draws attention even today.
The BMW Z3 was the first Z-series car to go into mass production, with approximately 300,000 units. With a final horsepower of 114 horses and 124 lb-ft of torque, the Z3 eventually got an upgraded six-cylinder engine, and towards the end of its life, the BMW Z3 housed an in-line six that produced 316 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of peak torque. It was the Z3 that helped BMW fill the vacuum in their range, which required a mass-produced sports car that offered beautiful looks and a great driving experience.
7 BMW M8 Competition Convertible
The BMW M8 Competition is synonymous with speed madness, and so is the convertible variant for the car. The open-top convertible can reach 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds, thanks to the phenomenal twin-turbocharged V8 engine that delivers 617 horsepower with a peak torque of 553 lb-ft.
Weighing in at 4521 lbs, the car is heavy, but never makes the ride feel sluggish, thanks to the over-performing engine. The M8 is insanely fast, delivering all the speed and torque quite smoothly throughout the rev range. The whole experience is enhanced by the convertible’s super handling, which comes from the car’s incredible stability, which makes the car almost seem to be stuck to the ground when cornering.
6 BMW Z8
There’s no denying that the BMW 507 is one of, if not the most amazingly designed cars in the Bavaria. Paying tribute to the classic and timeless machine, the BMW Z8 also remains one of the best-looking Bimmers of all time, drawing attention today, just as it did two decades ago, and likely will continue to do so for decades to come.
What made the Z8 even more special was that it housed an E39 M5 powertrain under its beautiful body, running on a 4.9-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine producing 395 horsepower and mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. The incredibly prestigious powertrain and one of the most beautiful and timeless designs in the history of the brand make the BMW Z8 a deserving participant in the BMW Convertible Hall of Fame.
5 BMW M240i
The BMW M240i makes sure you don’t have to look elsewhere if you’re looking for a fast, responsive and fun toy to take with you on the weekend. Essentially a derivative of the BMW Z4, the BMW M240i convertible has absolutely nailed it when it comes to delivering aggressive acceleration, quick and masterful handling and blazing, flat-out speed.
Despite the two doors, the car had four seats that were comfortable enough for short journeys, and despite welcoming four occupants, the car also managed to offer a modest boot space for weekend golf trips or trips to the beach. The turbocharged inline six delivers a 0-60 time of just 4.7 seconds, driving on 340 hp. Certainly a BMW convertible that deserves attention and attention, the M240i shows that the Bavarians are playing to their strengths and coming out with a great car.
4 BMW G23 M440i
The 2021 BMW M440i, or the G23, was the German brand’s new addition to the 4 Series. This was a car built from the ground up to check all the right boxes and was tailor-made for success. A classic convertible that managed to bring together the appeal of the old F33 and adding some brand new, groundbreaking features, the G23 remains one of the best roadsters BMW has made in the recent future, as well as in their entire history.
Sure, the front end is polarizing to this day, but there’s no denying that the G23 makes a bold visual statement, and no pair of eyes can look away when someone pulls in from around the corner. 382 horsepower with 369 lb-ft . of torquethe M440i would never make you crave power, and as is now standard on all new BMW roadsters, it handles all the power from its six-cylinder engine exceptionally well.
3 BMW i8 Roadster
Here’s a roadster that, like the rest, is a complete supercar, with only a piece of the roof missing. The BMW i8 first hit the scene in 2014, and four years after that came the i8’s roadster variant, and it was just as eye-catching as its covered sibling. A carbon fiber body, laser headlights and a unique powertrain made the car one of the most memorable additions to BMW’s roadsters.
The BMW i8 Roadster ran on a 1.5-liter intercooled turbo gas engine mated to an 11.6 kWh electric motor, producing 369 horsepower combined and 420 lb-ft of torque. While the the all-electric range of the i8 Roadster was better than that of the previous i8 Coupe models, anyone focusing on that would miss the point. The i8 is undeniably one of the most stylish and significant roadsters to come off the BMW assembly line, and it had all the features and performance figures to go with it.
2 BMW M850i
The BMW 8 Series catalog has always been a hugely impressive bunch of cars, and when it comes to convertibles, there is perhaps none more impressive than the M850i. Always a great car, the M850i in its latest iteration was an upgrade that took the Bavarian convertible game to new heights.
The M850i Convertible has all the hallmarks of a great BMW car, with a luxurious interior, two different but equally worthy engine options, a phenomenal eight-speed automatic transmission that almost made you forget you wanted a manual (almost) and astonishing top speeds thanks to the 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 553 horsepower that generated 553 lb-ft of torque, taking the car to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds.
1 BMW 507
Arguably the finest roadster the Bavarians have designed, the BMW 507 is as timeless as it is beautiful, and for a car over half a century old, it looks just as much today as it did in the 1950s. A breathtakingly beautiful machine, the beauty of the BMW 507 managed to overshadow its flaws, and if one chose to focus on its issues such as scarcity of spare parts, lack of power and maintenance costs, they would be right, yet looking wrong. Place.
Despite the BMW 507 being a sales mistake for the German titan, the BMW 507 remains one of the most extraordinary dream cars for collectors around the world, and for good reason. After all, this is the car that kicked off the roadsters for the brand in the first place, and while it wasn’t BMW’s first, it was certainly the most famous, and you could go so far as to call it BMW’s best convertible of all time. all times.