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2019 BMW 8-Series Performance Review

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Performance: 9.3

The 2019 BMW 8 Series is an all-new model that's powerful and fun to drive. Its V8 engine keeps gobs of power on tap for any driving situation, and the 8 Series also handles well, so you can put that juice to use on winding roads as well as straight lines. On top of it all, you'll enjoy a smooth ride even over rough pavement.

  • "The M850i was developed alongside BMW's M8 GTE race car; though the street car can't compete with its track counterpart's wispy 2,689-pound curb weight, it does manage an eye-opening 0-to-60 mph acceleration time of 3.6 seconds. That … feels rather feisty as it launches onto Estoril's freshly repaved surface." -- Autoblog
  • "After all, racy is what this car does best. Despite its heft, the M850i moves with serious chutzpah. BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 provides more than enough motivation, with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque routed to all four wheels through a super-slick, eight-speed automatic transmission. It's a combination that, according to BMW, will hustle the M850i xDrive to 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds. For the record, that's half a second quicker than the most recent 552-horsepower M6 Coupe." -- CNET
  • "Though it might not be able to keep up in corners with smaller, lighter performance benchmarks like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin V8 Vantage -- some of which are a staggering 1,000 pounds or so lighter -- the M850i counterpunches with active electronics which help it fight the laws of physics, a rock-solid chassis, and copious power which, along with a smooth-shifting transmission, help it cover large expanses of tarmac quite quickly." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

The M850i xDrive features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that puts out 523 horsepower. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine feels incredibly powerful, both off the line and at highway speeds. The transmission shifts smoothly and doesn't need to hunt for the right gear. According to BMW, the M850i xDrive will go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the 8 Series coupe gets 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The convertible model is rated at 17/26 mpg city/highway. Those are OK ratings for a luxury sports car.

  • "BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 provides more than enough motivation, … through a super-slick, eight-speed automatic transmission. It's a combination that, according to BMW, will hustle the M850i xDrive to 60 miles per hour in just 3.6 seconds. For the record, that's half a second quicker than the most recent 552-horsepower M6 Coupe." -- CNET
  • "It was fun to smash this big guy around. Its 553 lb-ft of torque plus all-wheel drive means that the M850i launches good and hard. Do I have reason to doubt 60 mph comes up in only 3.6 seconds? Nope. The engine keeps pushing and shoving, and the torque moves the 8 Series down the road with authority. … All that's just a fancy way of saying strong; the M850i feels strong. The transmission is programmed about as well as I've seen, so much so that I never even had the notion to start pulling the paddles." -- Motor Trend
  • "It certainly delivers an appropriate level of performance; the V-8 is as happy to run up its rev limiter as it is to surf its abundance of low-end torque. Hard use is accompanied by a suitably muscular soundtrack (abetted by what we're told is only a modest amount of electronic enhancement), and the Sport+ mode even introduces some pops and crackles with a lifted throttle." -- Car and Driver

Handling and Braking

Despite its size, the 8 Series handles well. It feels planted around turns, with little body lean, and the four-wheel steering lets you tackle sharp turns with total confidence. It rides smoothly as well, soaking up road imperfections with ease.

You can choose between four modes (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+) that alter driving dynamics. All-wheel drive comes standard.

  • "The M850i makes quick work of corners, with solid communication delivered through both the steering and chassis. Yes, BMW's finally finding its steering mojo again. The 8's Sport and Sport Plus driving modes not only bringing more heft to the action of the wheel, but giving you a better sense of what's actually happening at tire level, too. The M850i comes standard with rear-wheel steering, which really helps with its overall agility." -- CNET
  • "Turn in and the car barely rolls, quickly taking its set and arcing in toward the apex as you trail off the brake." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Despite the 8 Series' impressive performance, comfort remains praiseworthy. The ride is stiffer than that of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe or Lexus LC 500 but still compliant enough to soak up rough pavement, contributing to the BMW's pleasing blend of luxury and sport." -- Edmunds
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