BMW’s M850i Night Sky Is Something You Can Definitely Stare At

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.

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  • salamOOn

    sooo bmw night sky….. with leds as stars in your armrest, but not the ceiling…. makes perfect sense!

    • Bash

      On point.

  • Bo Hanan

    Something is wrong with the amount of money going into, and the prices being paid out- for cars like this.
    I love cars but…….

  • TB

    Simply stunning….LOVE that color!

  • sidewaysspin

    I don’t know if it’s the lighting but the pictures from the auto show don’t look good at all.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    I know I’m not the target demographic for this car, financially…but as a person who likes cars in general, I don’t like this car. I don’t “get” why the 8-series looks special to anybody, and this particular example of it is just OK at best. The exterior paint color is the coolest thing about it…the blend of blues and blacks is pretty neat. But all of the rest of the details…just seem amatuerish and tacky. If it’s supposed to show how customized a BMW Individual can be…well, it succeeded in doing that, fair enough…but if it was supposed to be cool, then they need to try again.

  • SteersUright

    Every single time I see this thing I think its an article on Mustangs until I read the title.

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