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BMW M850i xDrive Coupe 2019 review: Snapshot

If you think 3.7 seconds sounds fast for a car as classy and ostentatiously expensive at the 850i, you’re absolutely correct.

The $272,900 BMW 8 Series Coupe is one of those rare occasions where it pays to pay less. The Coupe is a whole $9000 cheaper than the only other 8 Series variant, the Convertible, but it’s not only faster - at 3.7 seconds for the 0 to 100km/h sprint, as opposed to 3.9 for the drop-top variant - it’s much more beautiful to look at as well.

If you think 3.7 seconds sounds fast for a car as classy and ostentatiously expensive at the 850i, then you’re absolutely correct. The big Beemer’s brawny 4.4-litre, V8 twin-turbocharged engine makes a whopping 390kW and 750Nm, but those performance times are still staggering for vehicles that weigh more than 1.8 tonnes. 

This is a properly luxurious luxury car, with a merino-leather interior, beautifully shiny glass highlights on its controls and laser lights to help you see 500m down the road, in pure white light, at night. 

The 850i xDrive might have super-car-like power figures - so much so that it needs to be all-wheel drive (or xDrive) to get all its power to the ground, rather than in the traditional, rear-drive BMW fashion, but It is not a snapping sports car unless you want it to be. Its default setting is very much as a classic grand tourer, capable of crossing vast distances in VIP comfort. 

The standard inclusion list is as long as Lebron’s arm and includes 20-inch M-branded light-alloy wheels, a tyre-pressure indicator, M Sport Brakes, M Sport Differential, Adaptive M Suspension Professional with Integral Active Steering, Active anti-roll stabilisation, Comfort Access including a kick-open tailgate, wireless phone charging, Soft Close Doors, BMW Crafted Clarity Glass Application, Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant Plus, including 3D View and Reverse Assistant, Laserlights, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch Control Display, metallics, paint, merino leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and arm rests, and seats, a 16-speaker harmon.kardon sound system, a Head-Up Display and the hugely pointless Gesture Control.

Stephen Corby
Contributing Journalist