Available as either a Coupé or Cabriolet, too.
German luxury marque BMW have detailed their upcoming M850i xDrive grand tourer ahead of its arrival in March, showing us what exactly we can expect to find in their most advanced two-door sports car yet. With prices starting at $272,900 for the Coupé and $281,900 for the Cabriolet, both cars are to be extremely well equipped, and very fast at that.
Fixed roof or otherwise, both models will utilise the same 4.4-litre biturbo V8 engine, producing a whopping 390kW and 750Nm. Power goes to all-four wheels via an xDrive system, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. From rest, 100km/h is called up in just 3.7-seconds for the Coupé, while the Cabriolet takes a little more time, hitting the century in 3.9-seconds instead.
Being the flagship model, the 8-Series is properly kitted out for the money. All models get 20-inch alloy wheels from M-Sport, behind which lie M-Sport brakes that will slow it down quicker than dropping an anchor. In tandem with the xDrive system, power gets shuffled port & starboard via an M-Sport differential out back, while Adaptive M Suspension works to ensure you get to enjoy precisely the ride you want. This of course works in concert with the rear-steer and active-roll bars, which promises a driving experience like nothing else.
Coupé models come as standard with the M Carbon Roof & M Rear Spoiler as standard, lowering the centre of gravity and weight all in one go. Opt for the Cabriolet and you get that black canvas roof, which can open or close in just 15-seconds. Additionally, all cars get full keyless entry & go, as well as soft-close doors.
The interior is fully kitted out, too. You’ll find Individual Leather Merino upholstery throughout the cabin, while BMW Individual will open up any leather upholstery options you might have in mind. Convenience tech is strong here too, with a 3D surround-view monitor system, a backup camera, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, pedestrian detection, and AEB. There’s also a night-vision camera which works with that pedestrian detection feature, though honestly, we can’t say we’ve ever used such a system in any car we’ve ever tested. Nice to have, but not entirely necessary.
You’l find the ‘Air Collar’ neck-warming system in the Cabriolet too, which should keep you comfy as you peer into the 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument binnacle, or indeed the heads-up display. In the middle you’ll find a 10.25-inch BMW iDrive infotainment system, replete with gesture control. In 2019, this system will be updated with an advanced voice control system, capable of rivalling the best that Mercedes-Benz has in its MBUX interface.
The BMW M850i Coupé and Convertible will be here by March 2019, and though we’re made to understand that order books are not yet open, we’re sure your friendly BMW dealer would be very obliging to put your name down for one.