Baby, the stars shine bright: 2019 BMW M850i Individual Night Sky
One-off 2019 BMW M850i looks like it came from Asgard
BMW Individual Manufaktur has another creation to show off: meet the otherworldly 2019 BMW M850i that features controls made of meteoritic material and all sorts of other gimmicks.
Dubbed Night Sky, the unique one-of-one BMW M850i is here to celebrate the meteor shower taking place from 3-4 January 2019 with fragments of alien rocks incorporated inside the cabin.
According to BMW, this stellar M850i features meteoritic rocks on the center console, start/stop button, gearbox lever, and iDrive touch controller.
The whole visual approach involves replicating the Widmanstätten pattern seen on the surface of meteorites, but 3D-printing was also involved in the making of the M850i Night Sky.
For example, the aluminum brake calipers were created using this technology in partnership with BMW M and are said to be up to 30 percent lighter than their conventional counterparts.
Interior and exterior delight
BMW went for a mix of fine-grain Merino leather in tri-color design and a color scheme that combines white, midnight blue and silver hues.
Thanks to LED lighting tech, BMW Individual was able to replicate the effect of a star-lit sky during the night on the center console. Deep-pile midnight blue carpets complete the visual rout on the inside.
The bodywork is painted using a technique that combines two colors – black non-metallic as base and San Marino metallic which comes on top of it in a gradual effect. Finally, three layers of clear coat give what BMW calls “a sense of depth.”
Performance coordinates stay the same
On the power front, the BMW M850i Night Sky relies on the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 390 kW (530 PS, 523 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) that's mounted on a track-tuned chassis.
Power goes to all four corners through BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive setup via the Steptronic eight-speed transmission.