Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
While Australian specifics are yet to be confirmed, we can make some pretty educated guesses here. And the most obvious one is this; the M850i coupe will arrive at a considerable price, but will be packing lots of features.
How much exactly remains to be seen, but we'd suggest you can expect to pay around $300,000 for the M850i xDrive coupe. And while it might not immediately feel that way, that's something of a bargain.
We're talking, after all, about what is essentially a four-seater with supercar performance, and if you want something just as fast but a little more Italian, you can cross-shop Ferrari's GTC4 Lusso T, which will set you back more than $500k. Or the Bentley Continental GT? Yours for $422,600.
Even the similarly engined Mercedes-Benz S560 coupe lists at $314,900. So anything under $300k will look like pretty good buying.
Internationally, the M850i xDrive arrives with BMW's 'LaserLight' LED headlights, 'Merino' (though its from cows, not sheep) leather and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo that pairs with the impressive iDrive 7 operating system controlled via a 10.25-inch touchscreen. There’s a second 12.3-inch screen in the driver's binnacle.
There is some clever new technology on show here, too, though how much of it will arrive as standard kit in Australian-delivered cars remains to be seen. For one, you can pair the M850i xDrive with up to six Android phones (not iPhones), which allows you to unlock, start and drive the car just like you would with the key. The new-generation of BMW's Siri-style voice assistant will appear, too.
But perhaps the coolest new feature is BMW's 'Reversing Assistant', with the M850i automatically remembering the last 50 metres of road in real time, so if you pull into a tight parking garage or meet someone on a narrow country road, and you don't feel comfortable reversing, the car will take over the steering for you, with the driver responsible only for braking and accelerating.
It's likely not something you'll use often, but when you do need it, you'll be thrilled that it's there.