Video: Just How Fast is the BMW M850i xDrive in Real Life?

The world is already hyped about the upcoming BMW M8 models. They will be placed at the top of the performance tree in the BMW line-up and the stakes are pretty high. What’s even more impressive is the fact that their less powerful siblings, the BMW M850i models, are already eye-watering fast. It’s not just us saying it but other people around the world as well. The 4.4-liter N63 V8 engine was really upgraded this time round and delivers more performance than anyone would need.

DragTimes is a Youtube channel specialized in exactly what the name suggests: drag racing. These guys deal with some serious firepower though, most of the time taking Ferraris, Lamboghinis and McLaren supercars to the track, to see how they compare. As a matter of fact, you can see just what they deal with in the video below as they introduce the M850i. There’s an impressive arsenal back there including the Ford GT and other goodies.

The question in this video though was: how fast is the M850i. To measure it, a VBOX was used to get the most accurate numbers possible. Thus, the car was clocked doing 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Mind you that was during a hot day and in normal, day-to-day situations. Even so, that’s faster than what BMW claims. Furthermore, the 0-100 mph sprint took 8.2 seconds while the 1/4 mile was done in 11.78 seconds.

Those are good numbers for the stock car. Get it in better conditions and you should see even better figures. Sure, it’s not on par with supercars but it’s a pretty good preview for what the 600 HP BMW M8 has in store for us. Get it tuned and you could probably hang with supercars. For example, G-Power can take things to 670 HP with an ECU tune so you know things are bound to get ridiculously fast.

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There’s Even More Evidence the 2020 Toyota Supra Could Get a Manual Transmission

Enthusiasts are divided on whether the 2020 Toyota Supra’s BMW bones are a sacrilege or a nonissue. Regardless, the pairing means that what one brand says about their own car might expose interesting details about the future of the other.



A recent press release covering updates to BMW’s European models announced the entry-level Z4 sDrive20i will come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. Right now, that Euro-spec base Z4 is the only variant to offer a stick, but who knows? With enough demand a manual could make its way to inline-six-equipped cars, too.

We won’t waste words further explaining the Supra’s similarities to the Z4. Earlier this year we learned the 2.0-liter turbo-four shared between the entry-level Supra and Z4 overseas earned emissions certification in the United States. At the time, Toyota told us that BMW sought certification to explore a “variety of uses” but the Japanese automaker wasn’t planning on offering a four-cylinder in the Supra here—at least not initially. Given the evidence we have for an inline-four Supra potentially coming to the U.S., and the fact that the four-cylinder Z4 is getting the aforementioned six-speed manual in Europe, we had to wonder if a row-your-own-option might be in the A90’s future.

We asked Toyota if BMW’s announcement meant anything for the Supra, and a spokesperson had this to say:

“We may have heard a time or two (or more) that there’s a desire for a manual transmission in the Supra. However, we’re confident in the performance of the current setup . . . We feel it’s the optimal combination for the U.S. market at this time and we’re anxious for customers to drive the new Supra and experience it for themselves. We’ll be sure to check back into the conversation at that time and see what people have to say.”

Seems like Toyota’s thinking about it at least as much as we are.

Our Pro Racer Andy Pilgrim Takes the 991.2 Porsche 911 Turbo S to the Limit

Porsche has certainly produced some extra special cars of late—911 R, GT3 Touring, GT2 RS, and the latest 911 Speedster, to name just a few—so perhaps the good old 911 Turbo S has become somewhat of an afterthought or yesterday’s news when Porsche geeks get together to breathlessly go into raptures about Stuttgart’s latest top performers, and to argue with each other about which one they’d choose. And, of course, there’s always the fun of speculating about which cars will appreciate to astronomical values.

Forgetting about the Turbo S, though, is a fool’s exercise, regardless of the fact it is not one of those extra-special limited editions Porsche is so good at creating. We’ve spent plenty of time in various examples of the model—and each time we climb from the cockpit at the end of a drive, we marvel at just how well it does, well, just about everything. It’s comfortable and quiet when those characteristics suit your mood, and it’s an absolute hell raiser when the devil on your shoulder whispers, “Smoke these fools” in your ear.

Not convinced? For the love of Ferdinand, man, the Turbo S knocks out the zero-to-60-mph blast in a ridiculous 2.6 seconds and can reach 205 mph. It doesn’t generate the aerodynamic downforce of Porsche’s GT cars, but its gobsmacking power still allowed it to just barely outrun the 911 GT3 (a car you’ll see in an upcoming episode) around the NCM Motorsports Park racetrack. And, as Andy Pilgrim also demonstrates in this edition of Pro Racer’s Take, the Turbo S even has usable back seats, making it the perfect family vehicle. Er, sort of.

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