BMW M850i First Edition announced for Australia

April 16, 2019

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).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.