BMW Begins Production on $112,895 M850i
BMW’s new flagship model, the returning 8 Series, has officially entered production in Dingolfing, Germany. However, if you’re interested in one, you’d better check your business card for the applicable tags — words like chairman, president, or doctor. The model starts at a sizable $111,900, plus a $995 delivery fee.
If you find yourself lacking those credentials or the necessary income, we can recommend the slightly less ostentatious 6 Series and a helping of shame, as you’re clearly not the kind of earner you’ve aspired to be.
Of course, if you purchase the 6 Series Coupe you’ll be stuck buying last year’s leftovers and missing out on prestige and power — and we don’t mean symbolically. The base M850i comes with BMW’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 and 523 horsepower with 553 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the base 640i comes with an inline 3.0-liter powerplant. While you can upgrade to the 650i and its 4.4-liter V8, the unit will still be almost 100 ponies shy of what the 8 Series brings to the table.
While the 7 Series can be had with more power, it’s still not the faster car, and you have to spend a literal fortune in extras to gain access to its V12 and all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the M850i comes with xDrive as standard and costs less but has two fewer doors.
It’s possible BMW might offer a lower-trimmed version of the 8 Series with a smaller engine in the future, though nothing of that nature had been confirmed. Instead, the company is focused on an even more powerful M8 variant, despite the M850i being no slouch. BMW claims it can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and is capable of 155 mph. But we’re guessing the automaker will happily unlock that top speed for something greater if you have the cash.
We imagine most shoppers will be satisfied with the standard equipment in the 8 Series. Base offerings include LED headlamps with BMW’s multi-stage LaserLight system, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, adaptive dampers, Merino leather seats, and impressively large digital displays.
If you’re interested in spending more, BMW will happily replace the traditional shifter and control knobs with glass or cover the exterior with carbon fiber. We’re not sure how much weight that will save but, at 4,478 pounds in standard guise, every little bit helps.
Even though we poke fun at the price tag, the M850i is actually coming in a little lower than expected. It’s still extremely expensive, but manages to undercut the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe by over ten grand. Sales commence in the fall.
A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.
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