2020 BMW M850i

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$111,900
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2020 BMW M850i Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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The Bavarian brand has mustered virtually every niche with its model’s lineup. The 2020 BMW M850i, part of the 8-series lineup is a large and luxurious coupe that marked the return of brands driver-centric ideology. This BMW flag-bearer uses the fire-breathing twin-turbo V8 for the ultimate road-tripping adventure. Powerfully nimble and surprisingly comfortable, M850i has plenty on offer for an MSRP of $111,900.

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Pros

Plenty of might from twin-turbo V-8

Pleasure drive with extravagant ride quality

Elegant Interiors  

Cons

Poor front headroom and cramped rear

Clumsy navigation software

What's New?

The 2020 BMW M850i is a complete replica of its predecessor.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$111900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

523 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

553 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Sport Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

111.1 in.

length

64.6 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

53 in.

curb weight

4478 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

772 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.1 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/25/20 mpg

highway range

450 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2020 BMW M850i Detailed Review video
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2020 BMW M850i Exterior video

Styles

2020 BMW M850i in Almandine Brown Metallic color 2020 BMW M850i in Alpine White color 2020 BMW M850i in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Almandine Brown Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

9.1

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW M850i Base

Base

power
523 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$111,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $111,900 MSRP (18/20/25) 523 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded
8-Speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

9.1

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Perfectly in tune with the time, M850i deserves to the BMW flag-bearer. Unleashing fury on the road, it is a true racecar with a dual purpose. The comfort exhibited may bring a doubt if its a performance car or no. But no matter, as the V-8 is well controlled by the exquisite craftsmanship of the BMW engineers. However, the six-figure price tag may be just focussed on the performance results, the interiors are plush but lack the wow factor.

The rarified coupe segment has a new monster with style and attitude backed by ultimate driving pleasure. Don’t forget that BMW M850i is an “M” badged coupe. But it won’t be easy for bimmer to break into the segment that easily. From the plush and luxurious Aston Martins to luxuriously agile and modern Mercedes-Benz, BMW M850i is positioned in the middle. However, with the discontinuation of 6-series coupes and convertibles, BMW has taken a huge leap forward.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Front View
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Rear View

9.9/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 

9.0/10
Competition

 

9.1/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 BMW M850i Features

9.9/10

With the revival of 8-series in 2019, M850i captivates the enthusiasts with the dynamic and over the line performance than 840i and others. With BMW trademark design and minimalistic interiors, M850i truly focuses on performance and performance only. Priced at $111,900 excluding the destination charges, we will see if the six-figure price tag feels justified or not.

With a might V-8 powertrain and trademark “M” expertise, BMW has crafted M850i to be the best. However, it depends on how you define the best. Based on the BMW ideology, best is the precision, power, and perfection. The wider stance and tall order of BMW M850i greet you with plush interiors. Plush enough but not luxuriously plush.

Trims

M850i xDrive

MSRP (AWD)

$111,900

Key Features

Shadowline exterior trim

 

Extended Merino Leather

 

M Sport seats

 

Heated Front Seat Armrests and Steering Wheel

 

Carbon Fiber Interior trim

 

Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight

 

Harman-Kardon Surround Sound audio

 

Drive Recorder

What do we recommend?

The 2020 BMW M850i is one of the best coupes in the segment with the utmost performance and technical perfection on offer at $111,900 (MSRP). However, the flamboyance and charisma need to be added at your own cost to upgrade the minimalistic cabin.

2020 BMW M850i Engine and Performance

9.0/10

After a tête-à-tête with the M850i, the flagship coupe from BMW we can say its plenty. The M850i feature a 523-hp 4.4L twin-turbo V8, eight-speed automatic, and standard all-wheel-drive. The combination impresses us with a lightning-quick drive and face-pulling acceleration. BMW has built a reputation for silky smooth and responsive powertrain, M850i is a prime example of it.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Has a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 Engine

Likewise, the transmission is quick to react and adapt to the driving conditions with no revolt. The stoicism and smoothness of the transmission allow bimmer to be a road rager from a gentleman, in a blink of an eye. The sport exhaust system in place amplifies the demonish culture of bimmer with a growling soundtrack.

Models

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

MSRP

$111,900

$92,950

$74,200

$169,450

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 5.0L Premium V8 2.9L Turbo V6 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8
Drivetrain AWD RWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Shiftable Automatic 10-Speed Shiftable Automatic 8-Speed Shiftable Automatic 9-Speed Shiftable Automatic

Power

523hp@5,500rpm 471hp@7,100rpm 444hp@5,700rpm 603hp@5,500rpm

Torque

553lb-ft@1,800rpm 398lb-ft@4,800rpm 443lb-ft@1,900rpm 664lb-ft@2,750rpm

The Mercedes coupe example, S63 is a run machine with maximum might on offer. Taking on the bimmer, S63 is a mad monster that shadows the bimmer’s fiery attire. However, for not so spirited drivers but coupe lovers, Audi RS 5 is the right way to begin and even the Japanese reliability with LC 500 seems to be an equally aggressive drive.

How fast is the new BMW M850i?

BMW M850i with 523 hp at 5,500 rpm and 553 lb-ft from 1,800 to 4,600 rpm is a prodigious accelerator but that depends on your right foot. All that force is transmitted to all four wheels via the ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission. The intelligent all-wheel drive is reverse biased and continuously variable depending on the driving conditions.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe 0-60 MPH in just 3.6 Sec

The BMW M850i takes 3.6 seconds to touch 60 mph off-the-line. That is quick, that not just neck-snapping but hair raising acceleration. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph, for your own safety. Though, in the case of M8, the top speed is enhanced to 190 mph.

Models

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

0-60 MPH

3.6 sec

4.4 sec

3.7 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

N/A

N/A

N/A

Top Speed 161 MPH 168 MPH 174 MPH 186 MPH

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 5.0L Premium V8 2.9L Turbo V6 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

But if you think it is fast, Merc S63 is even faster with 3.4-sec time-stamp for dashing to 60 mph. Another German trail with a 3.7-sec 0-60 mph time, making it hard for the speed ardent to pick the favorite.

Is handling as good as other Bimmers?

The grand-touring promise delivered by the M850i is complemented by a supple, supremely quiet and surprisingly athletic ride. The Driving Dynamic Control offers Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes. In just one click the bimmer transforms from being a “Bruce Wayne” to “Batman”. The linear steering feedback is direct and adaptive to the driving modes and conditions.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Thied Quarter View

Also, the adaptive dampers allow extra flexibility and make the M850i remarkably stable with gripping cornering in the stiffest settings. Toggle the springs to comfort and all the road-imperfections vanish. From tarmac to track, springs acknowledge the change with stiffening response.

The M sport differential grants this all-wheel-drive an added confidence through better control. The advanced tech such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) makes this powerful machine a responsible companion.

What about the Braking performance?

M850i, the nomenclature suggests the use of M sport brakes. The ventilated discs on all four wheels with the anti-lock braking system delivers the best braking performance, balanced with the performance. The pedal feels firm and is well-calibrated to enhance the feeling of absolute confidence.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Front Brake

Step hard on the brakes and you will be impressed by the mannerisms of this Bimmer. The coupe maintains a linear path under heavy brake application and there is little sway from the path. Nosedive is very well contained and the stability on offer is just fantastic.

Model

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

Brake Rotors Front

N/A

15.7"

14.8"

15.4"

Brake Rotors Rear

N/A

14.1"

13"

14.2"

Curb Weight

4478 lbs

4280 lbs

3968 lbs

4700 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

N/A

N/A

157** ft

** used for 70-0 MPH

However, on the street brakes might feel grabby but on track, the brakes are perfectly practical. With no issue like fade, brakes on BMW M850i inspire confidence. The sexy sheet metal is a heavy-duty drive but remains stable even on hard braking with little or no nose dive.

2020 BMW M850i Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The mighty mill under the hood of M850i, driving all wheels takes a toll on efficiency in absolute terms. The EPA rating of 20 mpg combined is not that bad for the class. However, the Mercedes S63 with more might showcase better efficiency with 20 mpg combined. Audi RS 5 tops the list but don’t forget the lack of power in comparison to the rest.

Model

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

MPG (City)

18

16

18

17

MPG (Highway)

25

25

27

27

MPG (Combined)

20

19

21

20

Fuel Capacity

18 gallons

21.7 gallons

15.3 gallons

21.1 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

324/450/360 miles

347/543/412 miles

275/413/321 miles

359/570/422 miles

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

However, for efficiency, the intelligent all-wheel-drive comes in handy. The AWD switches character, diverting all the power to the rear-wheels for improving the fuel economy of BMW M850i while on the street or cruising on the highway. Tap the pedal and M850i turns thirsty to supplement your drive with the thrill you expect.

2020 BMW M850i Interior

9.0/10

For all of its enticing premium qualities, the 2020 BMW M850i coupe seems to outgrow itself with a performance-oriented lifestyle. The two-door 8-series signify BMW’s intention of sporting dynamics, also can be witnessed in the driver-oriented cockpit styling. The low volume niche is primely motivated by style and BMW M850i does not disappoint. The minimalist BMW design uses luxurious touches and high-quality materials all-around.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Front Seats

The coupe model has 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats to your comfort and customizable ambient lighting to match your vibe. Available upgrades add extravagant glass control and additional high-end materials.

Model

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

38.9/57.2/42.1

37.2/56.5/42.0

39.0/55.3/41.3

40.0/51.4/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(in)

33.6/46.9/29.5

32.2/49.0/32.5

36.1/50.7/32.7

36.7/57.0/33.4

However, the low roofline impedes the headroom in front and the vestigial rear seat is no good for adults. Also, the rear outward visibility isn’t great. That’s a tradeoff with fashion and style on offer. The Mercedes S63 and other pricier options like Aston Martin DB11 offer plush luxury, unmatchable in every context.

What are the most noteworthy features of the M850i?

There are a plethora of features as standard in the new BMW M850i as standard. Some of the most notable ones include the following set of creature comforts:

  • Merino leather upholstery
  • The instrument panel with Nappa Leather finish
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Rear-window defroster
  • Outside-temperature display

How does the new M850i fare on the infotainment front?

Like every other well-equipped BMW, M850i cabin includes wireless features, remote services, and intuitive technology. The latest generation of iDrive infotainment system is a child’s play and extremely logical. The control options from the physical knobs, touch display, steering-mounted buttons or voice recognition system is a huge advantage. However, not so fitting is the wasted space on BMW’s new digital instrument cluster. Also, the panel is overcrowded with so many redundant controls.

At times what is more irking is the onboard navigation system which feels clumsy to understand in comparison to a more refined version from competitors. Alternatively, Apple Carplay connectivity can be used for using personal applications. No Android Auto for this class seems harsh on android users. Audiophile can boast the available Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround system.

Key Infotainment Features

  • 3" instrument cluster, and 10.25" central information display.
  • Wireless charging
  • Wifi-hotspot
  • Apple Carplay
  • USB connections
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Connected Package Professional

What about the Cargo carrying capacity?

The interior cubby storage is facilitated by the presence of a coverable tray at the front of the center console, central bin, and sufficient door pockets. The cargo space behind the rear seats could manage five carry-on bags. The trunk volume in M850i seems to be adequate considering the coupe style. This big bimmer is truly not a supercar but a big coupe which makes it more than practical.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Cargo Volume with Rear Seats Up is 14.8 cu ft.

Also, when there are two people on-board, the rear-seats have a 50/50 split. This flexibility allows for easier showing of larger cargo. The big fat-hip of M850i coupe accounts for 14.8 cu-ft trunks.

Model

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

Cargo Capacity

14.8 cu.ft.

5.4 cu.ft.

N/A

14.1 cu.ft.

The coupe-style at times may be considered a supercar with all that heft and might. But that’s not the case for bimmer, thanks to its wider dimensions. The Japanese example of Lexus LC 500, however, justifies the true definition of a supercar with a sleek attitude. But that costs the trunk volume as well, with just 5.4 cu-ft of available space it kills the practicality of LC 500.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Interior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Interior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Interior

2020 BMW M850i Exterior

9.0/10

The BMW M850i coupe’s extreme vigor is equally complemented by the tall order, 4,478-pound heft. The bulging hood and those wide snarled nostrils define the might it carries, in just one glance. The low and purposeful stance gives a husky presence to bimmer on the road. However, the C-pillar somewhere reminds of the Ford Mustang. The potent looks, however, feature some pseudo-design elements such as false vents in front and rear fenders. But we are not disappointed, ultimately it makes bimmer look much crazier and appealing.

2020 BMW M850i Coupe Three Quarter View

Ideally, the doors would open longer and B-pillar won’t appear, but the bimmer looks handsome. What’s more enticing is the all-important front three-quarter view.

Model

BMW M850i

Lexus LC 500

Audi RS 5

Mercedes-Benz S63

Curb Weight

4478 lbs

4280 lbs

3968 lbs

4700 lbs

Length

191.2"

187.4"

186"

198.9"

Width

74.9"

75.6"

N/A

75.3"

Height

53"

53"

53.5"

56.2"

Wheelbase

111.1"

113"

108.9"

115.9"

Ground Clearance

5"

5.2"

N/A

4.9"

What are the most attractive features on the outside?

  • 20" V-spoke Cerium Grey light-alloy wheels
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Aerodynamic kit
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • M Rear spoiler
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW M850i Coupe Exterior

2020 BMW M850i Safety

9.9/10

The 2020 BMW M850i hasn’t been crash-tested by any of the federal safety rating agencies, yet. But to keep you confident and safe, BMW offers a long list of technology and safety features at hand. The myriad driver-assistance technology including semi-autonomous driving mode is a huge plus.

Along with safety, the security aspect has also been taken care of with the availability of features like anti-theft alarm, and Central locking system on the driver and front passenger doors.

Key Safety Features on offer?

  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Airbags
  • Rear-view Camera
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • BMW's Active Protection System

2020 BMW M850i Competition

9.0/10

BMW M850i Vs Mercedes-Benz S63

The rarified coupe segment features more Germans, all fighting for the top spot with their unique appeal. The Mercedes-Benz S63, for us, is the halo car for the segment. The S63 with mightier might, luxurious craftsmanship and impeccable ride quality is more than plenty. We mean it. The S63 in comparison to BMW’s M850i is a more luxurious, spacious and better handler than the bimmer. However, it is also a pricier option. BMW M850i may not be the best but it has everything one may need in a coupe combined with German precision, at a much lesser price.

2020 Mercedes-Benz S63

BMW M850i Vs Audi RS 5

Priced aggressively at $74,200, Audi RS 5 coupe is a lighter and smaller offering in the segment. Using the twin-turbo V6 produces a thrilling 444-hp but suffers from engine lag. Audi RS 5 is a capable handler and offers a well-finished cabin for the price. However, comfort on offer in the front does not match the performance stance. Overall, the BMW M850i is a better package but for beginners, Audi RS 5 place a stylish option at much cheaper rates.

2020 Audi RS 5

BMW M850i Vs Lexus LC 500

The Japanese have a knack of making more than safe and reliable machines, true loyalists. The Lexus LC 500 presents itself with a 471-hp twin-turbo V8, which seems a bit overrated for the V8 which is capable of much more. Cutting it loose, LC 500 offers an extraordinary cabin design and upscale interior material. Also, it is effective at being sporty and comfortable at the same time. For the price, the segment has fewer options and Lexus can definitely bank upon it. However, if you have a knack for Japanese reliability, LEXUS LC 500 is good, to begin with, but keep in mind it offers the least customization and isn’t economic to drive.

2020 Lexus LC 500

2020 BMW M850i Final Verdict

9.1/10

BMW has enamored the enthusiasts base of loyalists with the formidable M850i. From, how it operates, to how it drives, to how it radiates absolute technical perfection, the M850i is a true resurrection of 8-series. The twin-turbo V-8 is dynamic yet captivating and frighteningly fast. However, so focussed to be the best BMW, this coupe forgets to be a great luxury. The need for vanity and more pomp to justify the price tag feels inevitable. As it stands, it is probably the best in the business but we will have to look out if it gets equally heartening welcome from the segment.