The 2019 BMW M850i Convertible (from $ 121,400) offers all that and more. The rebirth of the Series 8 has resulted in a vehicle that consists of equal parts of growling beast and refined touring. Surely you could get the coupe version (starting at $ 10,000 less than the drop-top), but where's the fun? And for the wealthy nerds out there, it's packed with the latest technology from the German automaker. I just wish it looked like a top-of-the-range vehicle.
For the tourer in a hurry, the M850i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out 523 horsepower and 553 feet (553 feet) of torque. In 3.8 seconds, it is zero to 60. When the pedal is pressed on the luxurious metal, it unleashes a guttural (albeit fine) growl even in Eco mode. Just enough to let you and others know on the go that you're the type of 40 ̵
When all this power is neatly put on the ground, BMW's XDrive AWD (four-wheel drive) system shows up. Step on the gas pedal and the system responds by making sure you get the most grip possible.
Four-wheel steering is fun on the open road, but it's better in parking lots and other tight driving situations. Turning these rear wheels makes getting into strange spaces much easier, while garages with all their sticks and optional support bars are about 100 percent easier to handle.
These parking situations get an extra bit of tech with the Backup Wizard. The M850i last can follow 5 5 meters drove it. But vice versa. Suppose you had to drive around a pole to press a spot. When you return to your car, just put it in reverse and press the Backup Assist button on the Infotainment screen. They are responsible for braking, but the BMW is driven around the pole on the same route you once entered. He is smooth and I can not wait to get into cars that ordinary people can afford.
BMW's engineers have also adopted another frustrating aspect of driving: the traffic. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist have become the norm in most cars over $ 30,000. While BMW's system is one of the best on the market when it comes to navigating and centering lanes, the automaker has a new feature that makes driving easy. The Extended Traffic Jam system controls the car for you at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. It's a bit like Cadillac's Super Cruise System. And like the GM system, it can control the BMW because it makes sure you look out for the road – even if you do not use your hands. A camera is directly above the dial gauge, and when it detects that you are not looking at the road, an alarm sounds and reminds you to watch the road.
So you know it works, two LED strips in the wheel light up green when they're all good. I have become a fan of these driver monitoring systems. Far too many people behind the wheel grab their smartphones instead of paying attention to them. Other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and anyone who is only a few meters from a road are in danger. If you do not pay attention to the street because it's the law (and common sense), you might want to be ashamed of the car.
Where the automaker does not go is verboard with the exterior design, and I'm most disappointed. The M850i should be an eye-catcher, but it feels like something is missing. The back end looks kinda cool, but the profile and front end are instantly forgotten. Maybe you take some of the pizzaz that has come into the decision of the crystal button down a little and give the car more character.
It's not an ugly car. Far from it. It's just good …