Along with most of the BMW enthusiast community, the words “BMW M850i” and “details” together in a sentence makes our mouths collectively drool. Fans have been begging for a return of the BMW 8 Series and now that it’s finally here, we can’t really reserve our excitement. Among the upcoming 8 Series lineup is said to be a BMW M850i, as an M Performance variant. This will sort of bridge the gap between the standard BMW 840i and blood-pumping BMW M8. Thankfully, some new packaging details for the upcoming BMW M850i have emerged, giving us some insight into what it will come with.
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Most of this stuff is pretty standard and none of it is really shocking. Still, it’s nice to know. As with most M Performance models, the M850i will look more aggressive that the standard 8 Series, just not as fully-mental as the proper M8. So expect this sort of as-standard kit:
- M Sport brakes
- M diff
- Rear spoiler
- Active steering
- M steering wheel
- Upgraded seats
The M Sport brakes, M Steering Wheel, better seats and rear spoiler are all pretty standard M Performance stuff. We could have expected that. Even the Active Steering is a bit common among high-end M Performance cars, like the M550i. The interesting bit is the M Differential, which is usually only reserved for proper M cars as standard. It also points to a rear-wheel drive BMW M850i, whereas the M550i has xDrive all-wheel drive, thus lacking the need for the rear diff.
There will be some additional M Performance options that will help make the M850i a bit more special. Nothing too crazy, but enough to add some spice to the hottest non-M 8 Series. They consist of:
- Various 20″ wheels
- M seatbelts
- M adaptive sport suspension
- Carbon fiber roof
- Carbon fiber exterior elements
We’re very excited about the upcoming BMW 8 Series, regardless of model. It will be the brand’s first foray into this world of high-performance, high-luxury GT cars since the original 8 Series. That in itself is exciting enough but bringing back the nameplate that fans love so much makes it even better.