For BMW fans in the early and mid 90’s, the flagship 850CSi was ‘the’ car to have, thanks to its rare combination of V12 power and a six-speed manual transmission.
In fact, you could only get this car with a manual transmission, putting you in charge of twelve cylinders and no fewer than 380 PS (375 HP), to go with the 550 Nm (410 lb-ft) of torque. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly “ultra-fast”, needing almost 6 seconds to get from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h).
During his review of this 850CSi, Doug DeMuro starts off by explaining just how special the interior was, boasting flagship-worthy features as well as a driver oriented layout. Just imagine that this was a car with a power-adjustable steering column and memory seats, heated leather seats, climate control, an in-car phone and loads more.
Moving on to the exterior, while few would ever go out on a limb and call any 8-Series ugly, this car is not without its design quirks, such as the weirdly shaped mirrors or the two buttons you need to push simultaneously in order to open the hood.
As for what you can expect when getting behind the wheel, DeMuro for one was very surprised with how quick the 850CSi felt in a straight line, once the V12 really dug in. He also enjoyed the stick shift, smooth power delivery, comfortable seats and clutch feel.