BMW’s M850i Gran Coupe Exudes Both Style And Performance

The best part about driving something like an 8-Series Gran Coupe is that it offers you the best of two worlds. It is sporty and elegant like a two-door GT, but can easily accommodate two adult passengers in the rear in relative comfort, while also offering them easy access inside.

Right now, the flagship version of the range is the M850i xDrive, seen here at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show sporting a light grey exterior and 20-inch M Light Alloy multi-spoke bi-color wheels with blue calipers.

The 8-Series Gran Coupe was unveiled this past June, featuring a taller roof than the regular Coupe model, but also two extra doors, a larger overall exterior and a wheelbase that’s been stretched by 7.9 inches (200.7 mm).

In terms of interior space, there an extra 3.4-inches (86.4 mm) of rear seat headroom, to go with 7.1 inches (180.3 mm) of additional legroom. The dashboard meanwhile is the same as the one in the two-door model, meaning you get the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, alongside the 10.25-inch infotainment display.

Ambient lighting, heated front seats, head-up display, wireless smartphone charging and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are among the car’s standard features, although if you’re willing to pay extra, you could go for something like the Driving Assistance Professional package which adds Active Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View Camera, Parking Assistant, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit Information.

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Speaking of paying extra, in order to buy an M850i xDrive Gran Coupe you first need to pay the automaker’s asking price of $108,900, which will quickly sky-rocket as soon as you start adding options.

Still, you do ultimately get to enjoy a 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine with 523 HP (530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. It is capable of propelling the German 4-door coupe from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds.

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Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops | BMW

  • Dennis James

    It could have been gorgeous given the lack of design constraints (see the 6-series Gran Coupe on what can be done for a car of this size) but instead they made it look almost as good as the Kia Stinger.

    • europeon

      … and the interior materials are horrible. Cheap plastic and low quality leather.

      • donald seymour

        About the BMW?

        • europeon

          Yes, unfortunately. It’s a very big step down from the 7-series, and I think they’re even worse than in the 6-series.

          • donald seymour

            What? I would not expected that. BMW interior’s materials are usually superior to Benz. Not Benz holds the aesthetic value over the BMW in my opinion, but Benz’s touch and feel quality isn’t there for me unlike the Bimmer’s.

            But now that I think about it the 6’s interior is subpar in touch and feel. To be honest the 6’s interior is closer to a Kia high spec model then what is perceived luxury.

          • europeon

            It was something that took me two days to realize (I had the car for an extended weekend test drive), because it was truly the best driving BMW I drove so far (M cars were too “hard” for my taste). It has bits of plastic that feel they belong in a cheap Chinese toy, and they’re very near to the touch points, for example the speaker grilles on the doors actually scratched my hand.
            Really disappointed with the interior quality for such an expensive car. It drives great, it’s the best GT I drove second to Bentley Continentals, but…

          • donald seymour

            Ouch. Well, I did notice the lack of quality when I sat in the 6. As I stated before it was really close in quality to a Kia, which was shocking.

  • javier

    look like old man car

  • dumblikeyou2

    I kinda like it. Nothing spectacular, but still pretty nice looking if not a bit too Panamera-ish silhouette.

  • Jason Panamera

    I’ve seen new 8 series few times in real life and I got one problem with it. For me, front should look sharper because now is just bland. Just my humble opinion.

    • donald seymour

      Annnnnd… that’s why they should had executed the design just like the concept.

    • HardWir3d

      i completely agree… the 6 series GC turns my head still. So beautiful…

  • MarketAndChurch

    Something about this makes me with it was a Maserati. Very beautiful.

  • SteersUright

    Nice enough but something is just off. It looks chunky and incongruent. Still, its wide and low with big wheels, meaning it’ll look pretty decent in person. The interior, on the other hand, just plain looks a decade behind Audi’s latest.

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