At the moment, the car that BMW enthusiasts can’t stop talking about is the new 8 Series. Not only is it the successor to a now-beloved cult-classic of BMWs, and the second-generation of an iconic classic, but it’s also a stunning thing. Since the proper BMW M8 has yet to be revealed, the most exciting and high-performance version of the 8 Series is the BMW M850i. The M850i is going to be a monster of a car, packing 530 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque underneath that beautiful sheet metal. However, it’s also going to cost north of $100,000. But for a lot less money, you can buy the M850i’s spiritual successor, this 1984 BMW M635CSi.
Currently up for sale on Bring-A-Trailer, this classic BMW M635CSi is a stunning example of an M Performance 6 Series before M Performance was even a thing. Powered by a 3.5 liter inline-six, which was paired with a five-speed manual, the M635CSi was the hottest non-M 6er you could get. Being that this specific car is an older model, before its refresh, it only made 182 hp when new, which isn’t a lot. However, this M635CSi is considerably lighter than any modern 6 Series, so that’s more than enough power to be fun.
This specific car is said to be a European import, though it’s been in the U.S. since 1985m and it’s been modified slightly by its most recent owner. It’s been given a lowered Bilstein suspension, a short-throw shift kit, a Magnaflow exhaust and a set of BBS RS Classic wheels, the latter of which look absolutely fantastic.
It seems to be in excellent condition, with very few imperfections. One spot of paint cracking on a fender and one crack in the dash are all the troubles this car seems to have. Which is perfectly fine for most buyers, as it’s close to perfect enough to make it beautiful but not close enough that they won’t drive it.
We all want the new BMW M850i, as it’s going to be a fantastic car. However, it’s also going to cost a fortune and, sometimes, classic cars are better anyway. So if you don’t want to shell out six-figures but you want something along the same lines as the new 8er, get its spiritual successor in this BMW M635CSi.