BMW M850i First Edition announced for Australia

BMW Australia has confirmed it will be launching the new 8 Series in July this year, initially offering the M850i First Edition. The special edition will be available for a limited time only.

The BMW M850i First Edition comes with a range of extra luxuries and features over the regular model, some of which are available as options on lesser variants. Firstly, BMW has applied a Frozen Barcelona Blue metallic paint provided by the BMW Individual catalogue.

Contrasting the paintwork is a set of Jet Black 20-inch M light alloy wheels in Y-spoke design. There’s also the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trim package, with black kidney grilles and side vents. As a bonus, the M Carbon Exterior Package is also standard.

Featuring the carbon pack brings in carbon fibre front intakes, carbon side mirrors, a carbon lip spoiler for the boot lid, and a carbon rear diffuser element with exhaust pipe surrounds. This pack certainly adds to the theatre of the grand coupe.

For the interior, there’s special Night Blue leather for the M Sport steering wheel. Piano black is used for the trimmings, and there’s a special ‘First Edition 1/400’ label on the centre console. This latter feature signals its build number, out of 400 destined for production.

Further to this, passengers are treated to the 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system, which incorporates a 1400W, 10-channel amplifier. There’s also a diamond tweeter in the middle of the instrument panel packing Nautilus spiral technology, as well as Quantam Logic Surround technology with a seven-band equaliser, and stainless steel finishers in a Fibonacci hole pattern design.

No changes are made under the bonnet, but that shouldn’t be an issue for most. There sits a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 390kW and 750Nm. It propels the coupe from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, and bellows out a crisp soundtrack thanks to the standard M Sport exhaust.

BMW Australia says deliveries for the M580i First Edition will commence in July, with prices starting from $295,900 (excluding on-roads).