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Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe?

Should You Buy a 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe?

A perfect blend of supercar performance and sumptuous luxury.


  • The 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $108,900 in the United States and $122,100 in Canada, freight and delivery charged not included.

  • Awesome performance and engine sounds, great highway cruiser, admirable exterior design.

  • Low roofline feels confining, grabby brakes at slow speeds, smaller trunk than rivals’.


Some luxury-car buyers want a high-performance supercar to get some adrenaline pumping in their veins, while others prefer the sumptuous comfort of a sedan. With the 2020 M850i xDrive Gran Coupé, they can have both.

BMW Presents the Almighty M8 Gran Coupé

As the third variant introduced in the BMW 8 Series line, the Gran Coupé is a four-door coupe that can seat four—or five with a little conviction—passengers in utter comfort. It’s also extremely powerful, with a twin-turbocharged, 4.4L V8 that develops 523 horsepower as well as 553 pound-feet of torque from 1,800 to 4,600 rpm, managed by an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds all four wheels. The 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupé rivals the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, the Audi S7 and RS 7 as well as the Porsche Panamera. It also shares the same space as the BMW 7 Series sedan, but targets a clientele that’s into some less traditional than a classic sedan.

The Gran Coupe rides on a 7.9-inch (201-millimetre) longer wheelbase than the BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible models, while its roofline is about 2 inches (50 mm) higher, providing more space for rear-seat occupants.

The M850i can rip from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, or 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9, according to the manufacturer. As in many other BMWs, the four-door coupe includes various drive modes to suit our mood of the moment. Comfort softens up the suspension a little while restraining the engine’s bark, while Sport and Sport Plus firms up the dampers, quickens the transmission’s reaction and allows the biturbo V8 to roar, burp and spit to its heart’s desire. An intoxicating soundtrack to say the least.

And despite the 4,758-pound (2,158-kg) curb weight, the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe’s handling is brilliant, while its massive brakes can stop the car on a dime. We can also enjoy a smooth ride when we want to, although the ultra-low-profile tires can’t do much to absorb road imperfections.

The M850i obviously includes a host of standard and available features we expect to find in a car of this price, such as heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a dual-pane glass roof as well as a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system. However, massaging seats are conspicuously absent.

In the United States, the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe sits above the 840i and 840i xDrive variants, which are equipped with a turbocharged, 3.0L inline-six that dishes out 335 horsepower. At the top of the Series range, there’s also the mighty M8 Gran Coupé with its 600-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.4L V8 and the 617-hp M8 Competition. The Canadian market gets the M850i and M8 variants, but not the 840i.

Pricing for the M850i Gran Coupe starts at $108,900 USD before freight and delivery charges, and at $122,100 CAN.


Why You Should Buy a 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe

  • With so much power on tap, the M850i makes the M8 seem irrelevant, especially given its much higher price tag of $130K in the U.S. and $148K in Canada. That said, there are some buyers out there who feel the need to flaunt the M8 badge and deem the M850i as a watered-down M product. We don’t feel that way.
  • During a quick round trip from Montreal to Toronto, the 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe consumed super unleaded at a rate of 24 mpg or 9.7 L/100 km—which is quite good. Mostly highway driving, of course.
  • As mentioned above, the V8 engine is not only powerful, but sounds awfully good, but won’t bother our neighbours too much in Comfort mode.

  • No surprise here—fit and finish in the 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe is flawless, while the iDrive infotainment system is easy to use while driving, thanks to the multifunction knob on the centre console.
  • The Gran Coupe’s exterior design is stunning, in our opinion. And since this type of car doesn’t sell in large numbers, it will be a rare sighting on the road, which adds to its appeal.
  • The 8 Series Gran Coupe is the most affordable—if we can call it that—variant of BMW’s flagship line. At a similar price level, the M850i is more powerful than the 440-hp Panamera 4S and the 429-hp AMG GT 53.


Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe

  • The steeply raked windshield results in a headliner that’s awfully close to our forehead, making us feel a little claustrophobic. The small side windows also contribute to the feeling in addition to limiting outward visibility. This is marketed as a coupe after all.
  • The powerful brakes may come in really handy when we’re overcooking it a little, but at residential-area speeds when coming to a stop, they bite so much that’s difficult to immobilize the car smoothly. Occupants won’t appreciate such harshness, and won’t be impressed by our driving skills. The ride won’t be a cushy as in the 7 Series sedan around town.
  • The 2020 BMW M850i Gran Coupe has a trunk volume of 15.5 cubic feet or 440 litres, which is quite good. However, the Panamera, AMG GT 4-Door Coupe and S7/RS 7 all have bigger boots.
  • Although the Gran Coupe is the most affordable 8 Series variant, and the M850i offers more power for the buck than a couple of its rivals, it’s still a very expensive automobile for the masses. And the Audi RS 7 serves up 591 horsepower for only a few thousand dollars more, in addition to being more versatile with its hatchback design.


Final Word

In a nutshell, it’s tough to find major things to complain about here. The 2020 BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe looks awesome, it’s an excellent and relaxing highway cruiser, but it can also serve as an everyday supercar. The Gran Coupe can also please wealthy professionals who want a high-end luxury car, but who feel that a more traditional sedan isn’t their cup of tea.

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