BMW Super Bild Of The Day: 850CSi

Interesting | May 1st, 2012 by 9
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One of the most misunderstood of the “almost an M car” has to be the BMW 850CSi. Lots of debate circle around to this day …

One of the most misunderstood of the “almost an M car” has to be the BMW 850CSi. Lots of debate circle around to this day whether BMW should have called the E31 850CSi an M8 or not. And with the recent introduction of BMW M’s “M Performance cars”, the 850CSi could very well have been a pre-cursor to those cars.

As a top-of-the-range sports tourer, the 850CSi took over from the prototype M8. The 850CSi used the same engine as the 850i, which was tuned so significantly that BMW assigned it a new engine code: S70B56. The modifications included a capacity increase to 5.6 liters and power increase to 380 PS (279 kW; 375 hp). The engine can be identified by the “Powered by M” inscription on the central cam cover between the two banks of cylinders.

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The 850CSi’s modified suspension included stiffer springs and dampers and reduced the car’s ride height. The recirculating ball steering ratio was dropped 15% over the stock E31 setup. The 850Si also sported wider wheels, with the option of forged M Parallel wheels. The front and rear bumpers were reshaped for improved aerodynamic performance. Four round stainless steel exhaust tips replaced the square tips found on other models. The 6-speed manual gearbox was the only transmission option. In Europe all 850CSi’s came with four-wheel steering (AHK – Aktive Hinterachs-Kinematik).

Production ended in late 1996 because the S70 engine could not be modified to comply with new emission regulations without substantial re-engineering.

Today’s Imola Red 1994 example resides in Georgia USA.

Thanks everyone for recommending the E31, I had forgotten how awesome this car really is!

Keep your recommendations coming to

[Source: BMW M Registry]

9 responses to “BMW Super Bild Of The Day: 850CSi”

  1. Giom says:

    Another one of my favorites! Forzamotorsport 4 has an 850CSi that you can build up to look just like the M8, at least very close! It’s awesome to ‘see’ it race against modern supercars! And it looks darn nice too! Thanks posting this one!

  2. Cchafin says:

    I have a 1995 BMW 850 csi that has been a wonderful machine. i have an interest in selling it but do not know a value if anyone can help with that information.

    • Manny Antunes says:

      Value of such a rare car is what ever someone will pay for it. There is no “Book value” You may have to do some digging on different sites to get a rough “Sale value”

    • La Ma says:

      having owned 2 and sold 2, I can tell you they are demanding high dollars but on times you have to wait for the right buyer. A LOT depends on the condition and maintenance on the cars. Both of mine have had naysayers for the price I was asking and both times I sold the cars w/o dropping a penny from a price.
      If the car looks good you get top money, if troubled, you get penalized for that twicefold.
      a nice 850csi will bring around 50 grand in today’s market with under 50k miles and all original car. more miles and any mods that is not original factory or at least a BMW part, will bring down the value.
      a euro model is about 10-15k more on any given day.

      • TAGEuroCSi says:

        I agree La Ma. I’m on my second 850 CSi right now. I just bought it and it is a Euro model. I definitely notice an improvement in the handling and speed of Euro spec car over my previously owned US model. You’re right about finding the right buyer but when you do the car will fetch a good penny. I remember when I sold my other CSi on eBay, there were over 2000 hits and only one bidder and he’s the one that hit my asking price.

  3. JohnC says:

    8 series is just awesome and CSi is the king of all 8ers! One day I wish to own atleast a 840i

  4. Viper says:

    bmw are such jackasses for not building this anymore or at least something similar to this.

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