BMW M850i Taken To Magny-Cours, Beats M3 Competition, Loses To M5

The new 8-Series is, by BMW’s own admission, not just a luxury GT but a sports car, too. So it made sense to bring one to the Magny Cours track in France and record a fast lap.

Running on Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires and with an amateur (that is, non-professional) driver behind the wheel, the M850i xDrive posted a 1:23.68 lap time on the 4.4 km (2.7 miles) long Grand Prix circuit.

That makes it half a second quicker than the Audi RS4 Avant and almost a second faster than the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe. As for the smaller M2 Competition and M3 Competition, they lapped the 2.5 km (1.55 miles) long Club Circuit course in just a little under two minutes.

Despite the twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V8 putting out 530 PS (523 hp / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) to all four wheels, it wasn’t enough to help it beat the likes of the Jaguar F-Type SVR, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG E63 S.

It also crossed the finish line in a little over a second behind the new-gen M5, which is punchier and more agile to 100 km/h (62 mph), requiring 3.3 seconds, or 0.4 seconds less than the M850i xDrive.

The timed lap of the M850i xDrive is available right below. Before you click play, however, remember that these are all unofficial lap times.

*Correction: The M2 and M3 lapped the Club Circuit course, whereas the M850i was raced on the GP


  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Well… yeah, the M850i is really just a two-door 550i xDrive under the marketing skin. Makes sense to lose to the M5.

    • raikkonen

      True, but different (updated) version of the V8…850i has 523hp/553tq vs 455/480 in the M550…and they weigh the same.

      If this is the “standard” 850, imagine what the M6 will do!

  • Bash

    I’d like to see this against B7.

  • Kagan

    I wouldn’t take the laptimes to seriously as even pros can’t drive within the last tenths of a second every lap. Then you have whether (track conditions) and we don’t know anything about tyres. Tyres are equal to seconds.

  • chuck2

    >It also easily beat the M2 Competition and M3 Competition, which lapped the course in just a little under two minutes.


  • GobbleUp

    Looks terrible and sounds worse.

  • Bob White

    This article is complete bogus…

  • SteersUright

    This German Mustang is pretty decent around corners then. Too bad about its looks. Mustang is actually much better looking, if a bit clumsier a car dynamically.

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