Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Take a sleek, stylish, and technologically savvy sedan, and inject with pure, hybrid eco-friendliness, and out will come the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. In a world of car manufacturers hybridizing their favorite models, the Hyundai Sonata is a true standout. At first glance, you wouldn’t even know that it’s a hybrid, which is exactly what we …

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Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to contemporary automobiles with subtle, yet refined style, the Hyundai Sonata sits just at the top of the list. This borderline luxury sedan is one of the most comfortable and stylish sedans on the market today. While it may not be the most stand-out in terms of expression and performance, it is …

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Hyundai Palisade

When it comes to making affordable, functional, and stylish vehicles, no other car manufacturer seems to be able to do it quite like Hyundai does it.  The Hyundai Palisade has helped bring the company to the larger vehicle market, as it is one of their best and biggest three-row SUVs that they have ever released. …

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Hyundai Kona

When it comes to developing stylish, budget-friendly, and fuel-efficient vehicles, Hyundai has been on a roll. The Kona is one of the most charming vehicles that has come out in the past couple of years. With a tight and punchy powertrain that is fun to drive and a stylish design that provides you with class …

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Hyundai Ioniq

You usually know when you’re looking at a hybrid or electric car thanks to the least-aerodynamic designs and non-intimidating looks.  With the Hyundai Ioniq, that is not the case. It does a great job at being as unassuming as possible, although it’s a wonderful electric vehicle. A History of the Hyundai Ioniq The Hyundai Ioniq …

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BMW 850CSi

With elegance in its design and avant-garde luxury in its aesthetic, the BMW 850CSi represents a small chunk of the glowing history of the BMW 8 Series. With power and performance that were too much for the road, though speed that couldn’t win on the track, this strange yet beautiful BMW was caught in the middle of a rock and a hard place. 

A Strange and Brief History of the BMW 850CSi

The BMW 850csi was first introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 1991. The “CSi” was meant to denoted “Coupe Sport Injection” as a way to better explain the overall design of the car, an acronym that was first used on the E9 3.0 back in 1971. It was the only car in the series to offer the S70 engine. 

The BMW 850CSi at a Glance

Though the car hasn’t been in production for many years, its power was quite something at the time. This 8-Series coupe was powered by an S70 V-12 engine that was motorsport-tuned. This unique engine helped to separate it from other vehicles in the 8 Series. It utilized a six-speed manual Getrag Type E gearbox and frontside MacPherson struts with a multi-link system for the chassis.  

A Fleeting Timeline of the BMW 850CSi

The BMW 850CSi was only in production for three-and-a-half years before it was discontinued in 1997, as the S70 engine was not able to be modified to fit modern emissions regulations. There weren’t any major mechanical changes during those years, though there were a few small upgrades that came with time and affected most all of the cars in the 8 Series. BMW added ABS braking, a high-quality audio system, and an upgraded door locking system.

The springs and dampers were made stiffer than the regular 850i to help reduce the overall height of the car. The front and rear bumpers were also given a more aggressive shape to provide better aerodynamics. At the end of its time in production, it came with Bosch Motronic 1.7 fuel injection and 375 horsepower.

The BMW 850csi in the News

Chris Harris just recently sold his BMW 850CSi, which was part of his Youngtimer Collection, for almost $200,000, which is far more than a brand new M8 would cost you. With only 11,000 miles on the odometer, this car is pretty clean. See more of the cars in Chris Harris’ extensive collection in the video below:

Celebrity Endorsements of the BMW 850csi

As such a rare specimen, there aren’t many celebrity owners of the BMW 850CSi who are showing their faces. If you consider him to be a celebrity, you might be interested to find out that the Sultan of Brunei recently put his 850CSi up for sale!

Best BMW 850CSi Groups

While there aren’t any major groups specific to the 850CSi, there are many BMW classics groups with tons of 8 Series owners all over the world. We recommend checking out the BMW website to find more information on these clubs and their locations.

The BMW 850CSi – a State of the Art 8-Series

As the finest machine in the early 1990s of BMW, the 850CSi certainly has its place in automobile history. With extraordinary V-12 power and a sophisticated design, it helped to bring together luxury in performance in a rare work of art.

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