WHAT looks like a battleship, can sound like artillery fire and intimidates other road users like a charging rhino at full tilt? If you answered, the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe to any of those questions, you’d be 100 per cent correct.
It’s a BBC. That’s Big Beautiful Car to avoid any confusion, and it is, in a word, stunning. Absolutely stunning. From the iconic BMW kidney grille that adorns the front of the M850i to its smooth lines and pumped up guards, the Gran Coupe is a true vision of beauty.
Adorned in BMW Individual Frozen Bluestone Metallic paint and riding on 20-inch BMW M Y-spoke rims, it’s powered by a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8, delivering 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque.
It can be as timid or as aggressive as you desire. You simply need to select the appropriate drive mode for the road domination ahead. Jamming your foot to the floor won’t throw you back in your seat, as you might expect, either.
Rather, the M850i Gran Coupe has a bit of a surprise factor. It occurs when you look down at the speedo and realise you’re travelling at double the speed you thought you were.
You see, this is a performance cruiser, in the truest sense of the word, that just happens to have sleeper level power. it even has launch control. The 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission shifts effortlessly through its gears no matter the driving mode too.
It makes complete sense why the car is an all-wheel drive though, as you will be double checking to make sure that traction control is on as you feel the rear Bridgestone Potenza 275’s grab the bitumen from take-off.
The exhaust note (pun intended) is auditory porn for the ears, with a claimed acceleration of 0-100km/h in just 3.9 seconds. You’ll get no arguments here, as non-believers are easily converted.
It moves. Let’s put it that way, but it’s steady and focused, graceful and poised. Our love affair with the 2020 BMW M850i grew every time we drove it (can you tell?). Handling is precise and agile, thanks to an M Sport differential and M suspension.
The massive M sport brakes can pull you up quite briskly in those sticky situations, should you need to call on them. The massive brake discs put dinner plates around the world to shame.
BMW claims fuel economy of 9.9-litres/100km. Through our rigorous testing regime (meaning soccer drop offs, shopping expeditions and spirited scenic drives) we managed a 16.8-litres/100km average.
We will admit we spent an abundance of time in Sport Plus mode though.
With an interior that screams high-class sophistication, the BMW M850i is the epitome of style. It’s packed with tech, generous helpings of Ivory White ‘Merino’ leather throughout, M Sport seats, and an M leather steering wheel.
There’s an Alcantara Anthracite headliner that entices visitors to get hands on too, along with some Piano Black interior trims as well.
DAB+ digital radio, USB media, Bluetooth, wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; they’re all here to ensure you can enjoy uninterrupted tunes.
The M850i also comes equipped with dual USB ports for rear passenger entertainment, avoiding potential unwanted rear seat distractions.
A large 10.25-inch touchscreen equipped with BMW Live Cockpit Professional and the ever reliable BMW iDrive, lets you take control of the 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, along with the nine channel 464-watt digital amplifier.
The combination makes every note a symphony for your ears, and it’s very easy to imagine tearing up the tarmac whilst listening to classical from the great composers.
Straight lines or windy roads, it is so easy to forget you’re behind the wheel of a 2.07-tonne M badge, that is until you arrive home and realise this car is big, and your average garage isn’t as roomy as you once thought.
And if the sheer size of the M850i doesn’t hint at spaciousness, you can rest assured once you are seated inside, that room is plentiful. It does sit low to the ground though, so getting in and out of the Gran Coupe can be a task, especially if you suffer sore backs.
The abundant 440-litre boot will also provide plenty of space for prams, golf clubs, shopping, luggage, bodies. Wait, um. It’s big on safety too (see how we changed the subject), including a 360-degree camera view with impressive clarity and functionality.
There’s also tyre pressure monitoring, parking assist plus, traction control, ABS and a plethora more of Stark Industries products to keep you and your family safe.
A special mention goes to the BMW night vision. It is absolutely amazing and as an added bonus, great entertainment for the kids on an evenings drive home. There is also automatic rear and side sun shades for privacy and shade at the press of a button.
Now, after you’ve read everything above, if you’ve suddenly decided you simply need to own one, drive away pricing starts from $296,697. But you have some decisions to make, including what colour and interior you want.
In terms of paints, there’s Alpine White, Carbon Black metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, Mineral White metallic, Sunset Orange, Dravit Grey metallic, Barcelona Blue metallic, Tanzanite Blue metallic, Aventurine Red metallic and Frozen Bluestone metallic.
Upholstery and trim also present a selection of six different options within each. Then finalise your masterpiece with the perfect set of 20-inch BMW wheels (there are five different options here), to compliment your piece of heaven.
All new BMW vehicles come with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, which includes 24/7 roadside assistance. To describe the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe as impressive is an understatement. It’s not just a car. It’s a work of art.
Our test vehicle was provided by BMW Australia. To find out more about the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe, contact your local BMW dealer. Pictures courtesy of J_Hui Design/Photography.