In the Spotlight - BMW 850CSi {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

6 Oct 2017

In the early 1990’s BMW showed a concept car for the M8 – a full-blown ///M model based on their top model of the time, the 8-Series. They already sold an 850i which had a 5.0 litre V12 and thought that given it was a cruiser rather than a sports car they could add some ///M goodness to it and turn it into a proper driver’s car. But at the time BMW didn’t feel that what they created with the M8 Concept could be made reality without commanding a ridiculous price tag so they decided to still proceed but tone it down a bit and make it a regular production model – the 850CSi.

It still featured all of the 8-Series’ coolest features like the pop-up headlights, low nose, long bonnet and sleek roofline, but up front there was a 5.6 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine that produced 375hp and 550Nm of torque, sent crucially through a 6-speed manual gearbox. This really set the tone for the CSi, telling form the outset that this car was meant to attack mountain passes not cruise down boulevards. You can spot a CSi externally (badge aside) by the turbine alloys and quad round exhaust tips instead of squared-off ones, but it’s the sound that will alert you first. A glorious rich V12 sound that makes anything with less cylinders just sound like a poor attempt.

I could sit here and wax lyrical about the CSi for a long time, as it’s one of my favourite cars of all time, but recently some of the best automotive film creators – Petrolicious – turned their attentions to the 850CSi and created a stunning film about this German super coupe. So sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee or a stein of weissbier, turn the volume up and enjoy and indulge in Petrolicious’ work:

Don’t forget though, you can get tickets for the 850CSi for one week only on BOTB right here for just £3.50 a ticket. But because we’re nice, if you buy 5+ they’re £2.80, buy 10+ and they become just £2.10 each – what are you waiting for?!

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