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Big M8 memes notwithstanding, you could certainly assume BMW's large-and-in-charge M850i Coupe might feel a little ponderous through the tight corners of Portugal's Circuito do Estoril. After all, BMW's new big boy is 16 feet long, 6 feet wide and, despite using a lightweight, aluminum- and carbon-fiber-intensive structure, tips the scales at 4,500 pounds.

Yet through the tight, uphill left-hander of Turn 9, and immediately thereafter at the hard right into Turn 10, Big M850i feels... nimble. It's balanced. It's flat. It turns in with immediacy, the grip of the front tires perfectly communicated through the steering wheel. This composure sets me up nicely for the esses of Turns 11 and 12, and then powering through the final -- and brilliantly named -- Parabolica Ayrton Senna, a roar of V8 thrust setting me up for incredible velocity down the super-long front straight.

For BMW, which hasn't exactly been living up to its whole "Ultimate Driving Machine" tagline in recent years, the new M850i Coupe is a return to form. It is a fantastic driver's car, packaged in a plush, plus-size GT wrapper.

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