What hasn’t been said about the new BMW M850i already? The luxury coupe has been on the market for almost a year now and most of the reviews were positive. They even went as far as saying that’s worthy of the 8 Series nameplate. The people over at Cars in South Africa put together a new video of the 8 Series.
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Their review definitely had a wild start as it kicked off with a launch of the 523-hp beast, one that didn’t really go over that smooth. Understandably, everyone wants to see what this big GT car can do in a straight line, as soon as you take a look at the numbers on paper: 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, 553 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel drive. That’s all you need to have fun in a straight line.
However, the BMW M850i is a surprisingly capable car in the bends as well.
Don’t think of it as a 911 rival, but considering its size and weight, it handles a lot better than you’d expect. Until the BMW M8 Coupe and its Competition alternative actually arrive in dealerships, the BMW M850i is still the fastest model in the 8 Series range you can drive today.
Judging by what is said in the review posted below, I’m guessing the guys from Cars would agree. As a matter of fact, just around the halfway point of the review you are reminded of the fact that it will be extremely easy to get arrested inside this car in South Africa considering the speeds you can reach in no time.
On the minus side of things, I think this might be the first BMW M850i review where the exhaust note is criticized. Whereas most journalists out there (myself included) like the way this car sounds, to Ciro De Siena, it seems like it’s just too tame. The thing is, BMW cars (in standard guise) are not that loud, even in M clothes. They are a bit more understated.
Furthermore, this is an M Performance vehicle and, keeping that in mind, I think it does a good job at telling you and the people around you that there’s a V8 under that hood. What do you think?