BMW has been doing an outstanding job with their new models. So I got really excited when I learned, I’d be spending a week with the highly-anticipated resurrection of the 8-Series, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe. Right off the bat, I’m going to go out and say that everything about this car is the pinnacle of what one would expect in this segment.
It looks outstanding, the performance is mind-blowing, and the interior is probably one of the best cabins out there. So let’s take a closer look at all the all-new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Exterior
While the BMW M850i can unquestionably compete with more hardcore sports cars, this is more of a grand tourer that competes directly with the likes of the Lexus LC and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. I think all three models are extremely stylish, and do a great job of balancing elegance and aggressiveness.
The original 8-Series is one of the most legendary cars of our time, and its beautiful design made it one of the most respected cars on the road in its heyday . So when it came to resurrecting the 8-Series for the modern world, BMW had to be very careful not to smudge its heritage. And in my opinion? The designers completely nailed it, and the sculpted, bold design conveys its agility and precision, and they did a spectacular job of balancing its long hood with the tapered rear. My test model came with the optional $3,000 carbon-fiber roof, which helps lowers the center of gravity, increasing the car’s athletic performance. Also, the muscular shoulder lines were a particularly nice touch.
To point out a few things you see here: the color is Sunset Orange, the wheels are 20-inch M V-Spoke Jet Black, and there is also the $350 Extended Shadowline Trim, which blacks out elements like the kidney frame, vents, and tailpipes. What you don’t see here is a $4,100 M Carbon Exterior Package, which adds carbon fiber elements.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Interior
There’s no doubt that out of the cars in this segment, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe has the best interior. However, I would say that the BMW M850i comes in at a close second, with the Lexus LC500 coming in third. Surprisingly, the Mercedes-AMG S63 and BMW M850i do a better job than Lexus when it comes to comfort alone, because Lexus is usually ahead in the comfort category.
That said, I love what BMW is doing with their interiors. You can tell that designers are paying attention to the use of high-quality materials, and wrapping even the smallest parts of the cabin in leather. My test car came with the $2,000 Tartufo/Black full merino leather upholstery, a $300 carbon fiber trim, and the $650 Glass Controls that adds diamond-cut glass trim on the gear shift and other controls and knobs. Overall, it truly feels like a classy place to be.
The seats are incredibly comfortable with a lot of customizable support. Space-wise, you get 42.1-inches of front legroom — and virtually nothing for rear passengers.
Standard tech options include a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, 10-inch touchscreen display, iDrive 7.0, Apple CarPlay, WiFi, wireless charging, a Harman Kardon sound system (upgradeable to a Bowers & Wilkins system for $3,400), M Sport Steering, heated and cooled seats (with heated armrests and steering), BMW Ambient Lighting system, and a range of driver-assist features.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Performance
One thing that is important to me when shopping for a sports car is that it’s comfortable enough to be my daily driver, but allows me to go crazy when I want to let loose. The new M850i does just that and does it perfectly. Of course, this is achieved by the various drive modes which include Adaptive, Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Sport Individual. I found myself rotating between Comfort and the Sport modes.
In Comfort mode, the M850i is smooth as butter. It glides over bumps and road defects with ease. The steering remains pretty light and the shifts aren’t aggressive. In Sport mode, the M850i is still comfortable but you do feel a slightly tighter steering and quicker shifts, but overall it’s still a smooth driving experience. In Sport+ mode, the M850i transforms into a total beast with a very tight steering, aggressive transmission shifts, stiffer dampers, and louder noise from the exhaust. I like the ability to tailor each aspect in Sport Individual mode where I kept the steering in Sport, damper settings in Comfort, and the transmission shifts and engine in Sport+.
What’s most amazing is how the 523 horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 propels this 4,478 lbs. beast from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. By any measure, that’s pretty quick.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Overall
The 2019 BMW M850i is the perfect balance of a comfortable grand tourer and an aggressive sports car. With a starting price tag of $111,900, it also gives you the most bang for your buck in terms of performance when compared to other rivals. It’s also only a half a second slower than the 600-HP BMW M8 which starts at $133,000.
And if both $111,900 and $133,000 are more than you are willing to spend? You can always go for the 335-hp BMW 840i Coupe which starts at $87,900, and does zero to 60 in a respectable 4.7 seconds. The 840i xDrive starts at $90,800, and will hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
So if you’re in the market for a luxury grand tourer, I recommend visiting your local AutoNation BMW dealership for a test drive today.
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.