The Chicago Car Club is interested in classic cars of all makes and models, especially a BMW 850i. We make the process of selling your BMW 850i quick and painless. In just a matter of hours we will have your classic valued and, if you do so choose, turned into money in your pocket. All it takes is a phone call or electronic inquiry to get the ball rolling.
The 850i was a luxury sport coupe built by German automaker BMW, between the years 1990 and 1999. These BMW 8-Series cars use the E31 chassis. They are in the grand touring class, representing the "S (sport cars)" market segment. The 850 series cars used a notchback coupe body shape. It lacked the B-pillar behind the front window glass in most cars. This was not only stylish, it gave it a elongated, uninterrupted view of the world for the passengers. Its flip-up headlights gave it a modern look. It is known for being one of the few V12 engines every used in production cars.
Cars were equipped with choice of engines between 3982 – 5576 cc (242.5 – 341.2 cui) displacement, which produced 210 – 279.5 kW (286 – 380 PS, 282 – 375 hp) of power. There is some confusion as to the difference between the 850i and the 850ci. The “C” in the model designation simply meant “coupe.” The addition of the C in the name didn’t exactly line up with the change between the M70 and M73 engine. For 9 months, both engines came off the same assembly line into the same cars.
BMW 850i came as versions for North America or Europe. It was of the 2-door coupe body type. It used RWD (rear-wheel drive). The US version of this car used at 5-speed automatic transmission, but the European version was available with a manual 6-speed transmission. It had petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement of 4988 cm3 or 304.6 cui. Its advertised power was 220.5 kW / 296 hp / 300 PS, and torque was 450 Nm / 332 lb-ft. Top speed was 250 km/h (155 mph) and was electronically governed. It is estimated that without the factory governing, it could have achieved 179 mph. Acceleration was good, with a 0-60 mph time of 6.4 seconds and a 0-100 km/h of 6.8 seconds. 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) was 14.2 seconds.
An entry-level 8-series car cost about $70,000. They were running in class competition with some competent competitors such as Lexus and Mercedes. Sales were not stellar, with less than 8000 sold over the course of a decade. That rarity will help this car become a true classic with ever increasing value.