BMW have announced a limited run version of their new flagship grand touring coupe, the M850i xDrive. Early adopters now have the option of ordering the car as a First Edition, an exclusive series of examples that adds unique exterior bits otherwise unavailable to the standard car.
The first of these differentiators is the Frozen Barcelona Blue metallic paint, a treatment that also adds a gloss black finish to the frames around the car’s kidney grille while the same dark accents of the High Gloss Shadow Line are also applied to the side window surrounds.
New Y-spoke M light alloy 20-inch wheels are also on the cards and only for the First Edition. Other exterior touches include black exhaust tips as well as blacked out aero and breather elements, though niceties like a carbon fibre roof and the carbon fibre look pack still remain optional extras.
Inside, the M850i xDrive First Edition presents an assortment of items taken from the BMW Individual catalogue such as the full Merino leather trim in contrasting Ivory White and Night Blue. The roof liner is Alcantara (also in Night Blue) while certain trim elements are given a Piano Black finish, and in the case of the centre console has the 'First Edition' badge laser etched into it.
Mechanically, nothing separates the First Edition from the standard M850i xDrive, meaning the same N63 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 features under its bonnet and produces 390kW and 750Nm. Power is typically funnelled to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic but, via xDrive, can throw as much as 50 percent of torque to the front axle.
Naturally, the First Edition also matches the standard car’s speed and acceleration numbers as well, being able to dispatch 100km/h from rest in 3.7 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
BMW plans to only build 400 examples and so far 8 of those have been earmarked for Australian buyers. Though the new 8 Series is expected to launch locally in April, the allocation for the First Edition is slated to make landfall in the second half of 2019.