2019 BMW M850i xDrive Review: Big Speed, Little Character

Editor’s Note: While Motor1.com here in the U.S. eagerly awaits a crack at the new BMW 8-Series (it’s happening in May, kiddos, be ready), our partners in Germany recently spent two weeks with the big coupe. Read on for their impressions.

Well, if it isn't the new BMW M850i xDrive on a winter country road?

Phew, Motor1.com finally has its hands on the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive, Munich’s new flagship coupe, and not just for a few hours on a sunny beach promenade somewhere in Portugal, but for two informative weeks in Germany’s glorious February air. Even a 530-horsepower V8 luxury coupe can't cheat here. We say coupe and not sports car for a few reasons, chief among them are the revived 8-Series’ measurements. Its 16 feet long and weighs just under 4,400 pounds. It’s a big boy, and there’s a big engine because of it, a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8, all-wheel drive, and face-pulling acceleration. In the cabin, opulent leather upholstery, comfy seats, plenty of screen real estate, and optional carbon-fiber everything.

Sounds like the epitome of an opulent GT car…

We’ve barely gotten started. This summer the M8 follows with over 600 hp for faster, louder, sportier, and dynamic performance. After a tête-à-tête with the M850i, the only serious question we have about the upcoming M8 is what we’re supposed to do with it, because the M850i is plenty. This M-lite model manages to eradicate the greatest weakne...