I Test Drove This 2019 BMW M850i

Today I got to test drive the 2019 BMW M850i. To describe this car in one word would be AWESOME! I can only imagine that the BMW M8 Competition must be even more awesomer than this M850i.

Let’s talk about some performance specs. The 2019 BMW M850i is powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Making 523 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque at 1800 rpm. The engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission. The M850i weighs in at 4400 pounds. It does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at 123 mph. Top speed is a governed 159 mph. It comes to a halt from 60 mph in 107 ft.   Base price is $112,000. With that out the way, let's talk about the driving experience.

First things first this BMW M850i is really fast. For a heavy Grand Tourer, it gets up and goes. It’s 0-60 time is as fast as a Lamborghini Gallardo LP-550 and a Ferrari 458. Both of which I’ve driven. It definitely pushes you back into the seat, but not as violent as those cars. It’s more of a continuous surge of power that feels like it will go on forever. The shifts are spot-on for an automatic tranny, and you can adjust it to your liking. The ride is what you would expect from a grand tourer. It’s very smooth with minimal harshness over rough roads. Don’t let this fool you though it can handle itself very well in the twisties. It has huge steel brakes with 4 piston calipers up front and 1 piston caliper in the rear. I didn’t really test for brake fade, but it slows you down pretty quickly. Now the exhaust sound is polarizing. Some people like it and some hate it. I think the ones that hate it only heard in videos, which does not do it justice at all. You have to experience it live in full HD. It's a roaring v8 with the cracks and burbles to go along with it. I will say it could be a bit louder, but this is not a supercar. It's autobahn shredding grand touring demon. An aftermarket exhaust will take care of that with no problem though. The interior is very pleasing to the eyes. There is supple leather everywhere, and the seats are very comfortable for long drives. It has every creature comfort you would want in a high-end grand tourer. Customizable ambient lighting, updated BMW iDrive infotainment system, heated, cooled, and massage seats. You name it and it’s got it. The list goes on and on. It even has a crystal shift knob! It’s a great place to spend some time, even if you are not driving. Almost like a second home.

Overall I was very impressed by this 2019 BMW M850i. I can’t wait to test drive the M8 Competition. Stay tuned…    

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