BMW's 8 Series Already Has Another Special Edition

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
bmws 8 series already has em another em special edition

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.

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  • Moparmann Moparmann on Feb 04, 2019

    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!


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