BMW unveiled this Individual-trimmed M850i back in January in anticipation of a meteor shower, courtesy of asteroid 2003 EH. While most asteroid fragments burn up in our atmosphere, some actually break through as meteorites.
That leads us to why this special edition 8-Series is called ‘Night Sky’. The Bavarian automaker actually took fragments of extra-terrestrial origin and used them throughout the car’s cabin – which you can see for yourselves if you happen to visit Geneva this year.
A true one-off
Since BMW is unlikely to get into the space rock business, you can look at this car as a true 1 of 1. Meteoric material can be found on the center console’s trim plate, start/stop button, gear lever, touch controller for the iDrive system and on the door sill finishers.
This also marks the first time we’ve actually seen its entire dashboard design (steering wheel included), since the initial press release photos focused exclusively on the seats and the high-value surfaces.
The M850 Night Sky boasts a dual tone Midnight blue and Opal white fine-grain Merino leather interior, with Midnight Blue deep-pile carpeting. Of course, if you count the silver leather used on the seat bolsters, then you could call it a tri-tone interior.
As for the exterior, there’s a non-metallic black based color used for the body, with a San Marino Blue metallic coat painted over it gradually. The reason why it sparkles though is because BMW Individual also applied three layers of clear coat with varying pigment particle sizes.
The BMW M850i is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing 530 PS (523 HP) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. With the help of an 8-speed automatic transmission, it can rocket from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds.