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BMW M850i First Edition Launches

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Act fast, as there won't be many of them.

Want to be one of the first in your circle to bring home a new BMW 8 Series coupe? This could be just the ticket.

It's called the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition, and it's been visually enhanced by the team at BMW Individual with a unique aesthetic treatment – not least of which is the Frozen Barcelona Blue metallic paint job. The matte finish is offset by the High Gloss Shadow Line appearance package, which coats the brightwork in glossy black, including the window frames, grille frame and slats, air vents, and tailpipes.

The First Edition of BMW's reborn flagship sports coupe also rides on its own set of 20-inch alloys, done up in jet black. And inside it's done up in white and midnight-blue leather, with a sports steering wheel, Alcantara headliner, piano-lacquer black trim, Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and glass starter button, iDrive controller, volume knobs, and gearshifter.

Buyers can also opt for extra equipment like a roof and aero package made from carbon fiber, should the "standard" special treatment not prove to be enough. Either way, only 400 examples will be made for worldwide consumption at BMW's Dingolfing plant from April through June.

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Based on the top-of-the-line M850i xDrive, the First Edition packs BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, sending 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. That's said to be enough to propel the new coupe to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, regardless of how it's painted or upholstered.

At launch, that's the only engine being offered in America, as the diesel 840d model isn't making the transatlantic journey to US showrooms. But buyers can alternatively opt for the convertible version with the same engine, and others are sure to follow as production ramps up.