By on February 4, 2019

It was only a handful of weeks after the returning 8 Series Coupe went on sale that BMW thought to release a celebratory one-off that incorporated real hunks of meteorite into the interior design. Well, BMW Individual is back at it again to produce another special edition.

Called the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition, it’s the obligatory aesthetic overhaul the brand likes to impose on most of its high-profile models in their first year. For the 8 Series, that means a limited run of the exclusive “Frozen Barcelona Blue” metallic paint and 20-inch, M-badged alloy wheels in onyx. The chrome detailing has also been substituted for a high-gloss black on the window frames, vents, grille, and tailpipes.

The interior is finished in ivory white and midnight blue leather with an Alcantara headliner, piano-lacquer black trim bits, and a sport steering wheel. BMW also included the upgraded Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and gussied up the iDrive controls by implementing glass.

At an additional cost, the special-edition M850i xDrive Coupe can be ordered with an M-branded carbon fiber aero package or a carbon roof. But there are no mechanical upgrades; not that you’ll need them. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 already offers 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, which should be sufficient for most mature adults in the market for a collectible luxury coupe. With the eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to both axles, BMW claims the model should make the rush to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds.

Scheduled to begin assembly at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Germany between April and June of this year, the new M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition will be limited to only 400 units global. Each will, of course, be individually numbered and come with the proper paperwork to prove to subsequent buyers that you splurged on the First Edition.

[Images: BMW]

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9 Comments on “BMW’s 8 Series Already Has Another Special Edition...”


  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    Shouldn’t the First Edition, be black and white?

  • avatar
    Heino

    They are saving it for the inevitable “Final Edition “

  • avatar
    redapple

    BMW and the German brothers are becoming car porn.
    Beautiful. Desireable. Wow inducing.
    But alas……
    Like a mistress
    crazy expensive
    Troublesome
    Receiving unwanted attention.
    and causing you problems you NEVER saw coming.
    Then you wake up in the ditch ; broke.

  • avatar
    James2

    A pity it doesn’t remotely look like the first-gen car. The first car looked special, different from other Bimmers.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    This is a weird one for me in that it’s flawed like the original 8 but in different ways. The E31 was gorgeous, and that six degrees of separation to the McLaren F1 V12 made it truly special. But even in top guise it was no faster than an E36 M3 (US spec!), and it was an absolute nightmare to keep running.

    This on the other hand may fare a little better in the long run, but frankly it looks like a Mustang and doesn’t have a very exotic engine. OK, it will get the job done, but it seems designed and specced by committee & board rather than the moonshot the original was. Will people be going goo goo ga ga for this in 25-30 years like the original 8? I doubt it

  • avatar
    conundrum

    BMW’s current styling sends messages out to car designers everywhere – “We need help, send in your resumes!”.

    Having lost three top designers over the past few years, Adrian van Hooydonk, the current overall chief of BMW Design Group and for the past decade, shows that he has no managerial talent. People felt they had to get out.

    Karim Habib, Benoît Jacob, and Giles Taylor are those who have left BMW and the security of a fat paycheck for a chance to express themselves.

    Habib was the big man at BMW itself, responsible for this 8, and now works for Infiniti since 2017. Um, well, OK.

    Jacob did the i3 and i8 or at least supervised their design – he went to China in 2016 to design for Byton, the EV group.

    Taylor was responsible for the Rolls Royce Phantom and Cullinan, but left six months ago for the Chinese outfit FAW.

    Yup, BMW Design is lost and getting loster.

  • avatar
    Moparmann

    I STILL salivate over the first generation car, whether it be V-8, or V-12, and keep trying to find THE one that I can afford to buy. This new one, however, leaves me unimpressed. Yes, the interior is lovely, but the car as a whole (especially the exterior, IMO) seems to be a conglomeration of styling cues taken from current models; bulges, flares, and openings that look like asteroid impact craters. The previous generation was a sleek, quietly powerful looking artwork on wheels (except when the headlights were up!). I don’t think this model will age nearly as gracefully…just my $0.02 worth!

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    About as captivating as Super(toilet)Bowl 53. Yeah, all the players showed up, but so what…

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