BMW M850i REVIEWS
If you had between $110k to $120k, would you consider buying the BMW M850i? Let me know in the comments.
I certainly would. 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 0-60 is a quick and respectable 4.7 seconds. The 840i xDrive starts at $90,800 and does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds.
As always, if you’re in the market for a luxury grand tourer, I recommend test driving all the available options including the BMW M850i, Lexus LC500, and the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe.
𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 𝗜 𝗟𝗜𝗞𝗘 👍:
– A very good looking exterior that balances elegance and sportiness.
– Outstanding interior quality with a long list of standard features.
– A great balance of a comfortable daily driver and an agile sports car.
– The price tag isn’t that bad at all when compared to rivals that offer similar performance.
𝗧𝗛𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗦 𝗜 𝗗𝗢𝗡’𝗧 𝗟𝗜𝗞𝗘 👎:
– Infotainment can get some time to get used to.
– Non-existent rear legroom.
2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.
Rivals: Audi R8, Jaguar F-Type SVR, Lexus LC500, Mercedes-AMG GT C, Mercedes-AMG S63, Porsche 911 GTS.
Engine: 4.4L twin-turbo V8 – 523-hp / 553 lb-ft.
Transmission: 8-speed automatic.
0 to 60 mph: 3.5 seconds.
Top Speed: 155 mph.
MPG: 18/25 (city/hwy).
Before I get into it, you can get a closer look at the interior in my BMW M850i Q&A Story. Check out my Instagram Story Highlights.
There is no doubt that out of the cars mentioned above, 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 – surprising 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 parts of the cabin in leather that in previous models were left ignored. 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/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/cooled seats (with heated armrests and steering), BMW Ambient Lighting system, and a range of driver-assist features.
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. I have yet to drive a car that strikes the perfect balance between being a comfortable daily cruiser and a hardcore weekend sports car. 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 (you can listen to them in my BMW M850i Q&A story highlight). 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-hp 4.4L twin-turbo V8 propels this 4,478 lbs. beast from 0-60 in just 3.5 secs. If you want to shave off another 0.5 secs, you can go for the $133,000 600-hp M8. Overall, the M850i has a better driving experience than most of its rivals.
Yes, the BMW M850i xDrive starts at $111,900, but as you start tacking on options and other performance-enhancing features, you can easily hit over $125,000. When you look at the 3P Comparison below of its somewhat direct rivals, the BMW M850i seems to offer the most bang for your buck in terms of luxury and performance. For example, the Mercedes-AMG S63 is probably the closest rival from Mercedes-Benz but it starts at $169,450. On the other hand, you have the Lexus LC500 and while it may be cheaper it is much slower than the M850i. Check out the 3P Comparison below and let me know what you would buy. I also included some other options just for some perspective.
𝟯𝗣 𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗢𝗡 – 𝗣𝗢𝗪𝗘𝗥, 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘, 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗘:
– 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶 𝗥𝟴 𝗩𝟭𝟬: 562-hp / 0-60 in 3.4 / $169,900.
– 𝗕𝗠𝗪 𝗠𝟴𝟱𝟬𝗶: 523-hp / 0-60 in 3.5 / $111,900.
– 𝗝𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿 𝗙-𝗧𝘆𝗽𝗲 𝗥: 550-hp / 0-60 in 3.9 / $101,800.
– 𝗝𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗿 𝗙-𝗧𝘆𝗽𝗲 𝗦𝗩𝗥: 575-hp / 0-60 in 3.5 / $123,600.
– 𝗟𝗲𝘅𝘂𝘀 𝗟𝗖𝟱𝟬𝟬: 471-hp / 0-60 in 4.4 / $92,950.
– 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀-𝗔𝗠𝗚 𝗚𝗧 𝗖: 550-hp / 0-60 in 3.6 / $150,900.
– 𝗠𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀-𝗔𝗠𝗚 𝗦𝟲𝟯: 603-hp / 0-60 in 3.4 / $169,450.
– 𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗲 𝟵𝟭𝟭 𝗚𝗧𝗦: 450-hp / 0-60 in 3.5 / $120,700.
– 𝗔𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮 𝗡𝗦𝗫: 573-hp / 0-60 in 3.1 / $157,500.
– 𝗔𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗕𝟭𝟭: 630-hp / 0-60 in 3.7 / $241,000.
– 𝗔𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗩𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲: 503-hp / 0-60 in 3.6 / $149,995.
– 𝗔𝘂𝗱𝗶 𝗥𝗦𝟱: 444-hp / 0-60 in 3.7 / $74,200.
– 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗚𝗧: 626-hp / 0-60 in 3.6 / $236,100.
– 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝘃𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁: 460-hp / 0-60 in 3.6 / $65,900.
– 𝗡𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗻 𝗚𝗧-𝗥: 565-hp / 0-60 in 3.0 / $113,540.
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. That said, those that have been following me for a while know that the Lexus LC is one of my favorite grand tourers/sports cars in terms of design. If you were to ask me which one looks the best – I wouldn’t be able to decide. I think all 3 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 out there. So when it came to resurrecting the 8-Series for the modern world, BMW had to be very careful not to smudge its heritage while bringing it into 2019. In my opinion, they completely nailed. The overall sculpted and bold design conveys its agility and precision. Designers did a great job of balancing a 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 and increasing the model’s agility. I also liked the extra accentuating throughout the design with muscular shoulder lines.
To point 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 blacks out things 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.
As an owner of two BMWs in the past – the 2006 BMW 3-Series and the 2011 BMW 135i M Sport – I used to be a huge fan of the Bavarian brand. However, after a while, I lost interest in BMW. In my personal opinion, they were taking too long to catch up with their competitors. Nonetheless, all that has changed and I feel myself falling in love with BMW all over again.
Of course, that budding love got taken to the next level when I found out I was going to spend a week with the highly-anticipated resurrection of the 8-Series with the new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe. Some of you have probably seen my BMW M850i xDrive Q&A but if you haven’t just check out my story highlights). In there you’ll see me take back my word on how I feel that the new Lexus LC is the end all and be all of sports grand tourers – that’s because the new BMW 8-Series is that impressive. Everything about this car is the pinnacle of what one would expect in this segment and price tag. It looks outstanding, the performance is mindblowing, and the interior is probably one of the best places to be.
If you want to get a closer look, hang out with me over the next few days as I bring you all the facts and details on the new 2019 BMW M850 xDrive. Let me know in the comments if you have any specific questions and I’ll be sure to answer them. If you haven’t noticed by now – I do my best to reply to everyone because your feedback is what keeps me going.
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