Just 8 units, each asking for $295,900.
To celebrate the return of the 8-Series, BMW’s local office has announced the offering of the highly-desirable M850i First Edition, a limited-run limited-spec version of their new grand-tourer. Only 400 M850i First Editions will be made globally, and in Australia, there will be just eight. Yes, eight.
“The BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition epitomises what the all-new 8-Series is about. Commanding road presence, strong performance, and amazing grand touring capability. Where the First Edition steps up even further is in exclusivity. With its distinctive Frozen Barcelona Blue exterior, Bicolour full leather interior and Carbon Package, this is truly a top-of-the-line 8-Series experience.” – Vikram Pawah, Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group Australia
As Pawah mentioned, the First Edition gets a bunch of aesthetic tweaks that are unique to the model. The exterior gets a beautiful blue hue from the BMW Individual portfolio, which is set off by Jet Black 20-inch Y-spoke alloys. Further differentiating it from vanilla models is the full M Carbon Exterior package which replaces the air intake inserts, exterior mirror caps, bootlid spoiler, rear diffuser insert, and tailpipe surrounds with carbon-fibre versions. There’s also the Individual High Gloss Shadow Line package, which blacks-out the kidney-grille and side-breathers.
Step inside and further changes have been made to mark out how special the First Edition is. There’s a badge to remind you that it’s one of just 400 in the world sitting on the centre console cover, which itself is Piano Black, an option from the BMW Individual catalogue. Also from the Individual option range is the ‘bicolour’ Merino leather upholstery which is a mix of Ivory & Night Blue, while the headliner is Night Blue Alcantara.
One of the headlining cabin features (for this writer at least) is the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, with a rated output of 1400W. The highlight of the system is the diamond tweeter sat in the middle of the instrument panel, featuring Nautilus spiral technology for the realest treble reproduction in the business.
What hasn’t been fettled with are the oily bits. So the 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with its two turbochargers have not been touched, so it continues to produce a rather amazing 390kW and 750Nm, with power going to all-four wheels via an M-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. 100km/h can be hit from rest in just 3.7-seconds, and BMW’s keen to point out that the soundtrack has been enhanced by the M Sport Exhaust system.
With just 8 of these cars available to buy and deliveries slated for July, we expect to see the M850i First Edition cars get snapped up very quickly indeed. Where some ‘first edition’ or ‘launch edition’ cars can be a bit leery and painful on the eye, the M850i First Edition is surprisingly restrained. There’s a quiet aggression to what is the flagship BMW 8-Series for the time being and honestly, the 8 people who get to bring one of these home are very, very lucky buggers indeed.