The special edition will be available on every version of the 8 Series.
BMW's biggest and most expensive coupe, the 8 Series, has been criticized since its launch for not feeling special enough. It's not that any single facet of the 8 Series is bad; it's just that many feel that a high-end coupe should feel more exclusive. From behind the wheel, especially, it's not drastically different from many cheaper models in BMW's portfolio.
But maybe BMW's new special edition 8 Series could do the trick and endow this excellent coupe with a bit more spark. It's called the Golden Thunder Edition and, as the name dictates, it introduces several shiny aesthetic enhancements to the 8 Series, whether in coupe, gran coupe, or convertible guise. It can be specced on both the 840i and M850i, but mechanically, the cars remain unchanged.
Are the changes enough to qualify the Golden Thunder Edition as one of BMW's best, though? Well, starting with the exterior, you can choose between either Sapphire Black metallic or Frozen Black metallic. These dark shades allow the golden accents to really stand out. Along with gold accentuation lines running along the side sills, the 20-inch M light alloy wheels and the mirror caps are also painted in striking gold.
BMW's Individual High Gloss Shadow Line trim keeps everything else dark, including the grille. The overall look is aggressive and distinctive, without being too brash. With special editions of the BMW 4 Series on the way, could the smaller coupe also get the Golden Thunder treatment? We'll have to wait and see.
Inside the Golden Thunder Edition of the 8 Series, BMW has fitted Extended Individual Merino leather upholstery for an even more upscale environment. The base 8 is already one of the best-built luxury cars around, so this special edition should feel even more opulent. Unique Aluminum Mesh Effect Gold trim has been applied to the cabin, and on those seats, "Edition Golden Thunder" has been inscribed on the headrests.
BMW's CraftedClarity glass controls and a high-end Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound audio system are standard, too. Although the two-door coupe looks great, we would have loved to see images of the 8 Series Gran Coupe with the Golden Thunder Edition upgrades, as many feel it looks even better than the normal coupe. BMW has not yet released prices for these special edition models but has promised that production will start in September this year.