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35 Comments on "The BMW 850CSi Is Still The Ultimate Dream Car"
Is it any surprise that the last car designed by the late, great Klaus Luthe is a timeless design? The man who designed the front fascia of the original FIAT 500, NSU Ro80, and a ton of BMWs, most famously the E30 and E31.
I sincerely hope BMW does not rehash the 8-Series as the modern BMW company would ruin this…they have forgotten what made them great since the last 2 great BMWs: the E39 5-Series and E53 X5…long gone are BMW’s legendary durability and dependability, replaced with budget internals designated by bean-counters in Munich…
nice ride….drive harder….have same exact car and color…its a blast.
Petrolicious, I would suggest that you remove the like/dislike votes in the comments section. It looks you are taken over by dislike trolls.
as someone who lost their dad at a very young age, I can connect to this story. I also appreciate BMW’s when they actually were the ultimate driving machine. However I hope I am long gone before the last gas, manual car is.
Nice film, happy owner, wonderful car. Why so many complainers?
I remember seeing one of these in the city I grew up in. It was just parked downtown. I thought it was the coolest looking thing. I’ve only seen a handful since.
Nice film, I enjoyed it. I have to complain about the title though. Maybe it should read the Ultimate dream car for this guy and his father. Or the Ultimate dream car for parts manufacturers, due to well documented power steering hose and suspension part problems. To be clear, I am not hating on the film or this mans experience, just the title. http://repairpal.com/problems/bmw/850csi
The only BMW I want in my garage!
Not a fan of bimmers, but always loved these 850’s!
A beautiful car, I agree with the owner on the description of it’s design and lines… then I saw the cheap stick on aerial which burst the dream bubble in an instant.
I love the video, I love the car. What a wonderful machine. It shows what was possible in a particular time. A bright flame in the automotive landscape. The roads today are full of small boring suvs, large boring pickups, and very few daring cars. This is a German Ferrari 456, exciting and beautiful.
“Ultimate” “Dream Car”?
…Neither. It’s not even Italian, or carbureted.
Nicholas Nalder: If we’re throwing the headline writer under the bus, it then should read “The BMW 850CSi: Still These Two Guys’ Ultimate Dream Car”.
As written the headline implies a consensus conjured of blow-by fumes.
the key thing is that the concept of a “dream car” is subjective. This car is Taylor’s dream car, its his dad’s dream car, he owns his dream car. His ultimate dream car.
Nice car, but ‘Ultimate Dream Car’? Not a chance. Nothing more than BMW’s attempt at a ‘muscle car’.
One issue concerning the video: instead of closeups of the man’s face (and nose hairs), do more closeups of the vehicle. That’s what we are here for.
Ultimar dream car ?
Not hardly .
Seriously overlooked and under rated dream car ?
Most definitely !
Seriously Petro crew … enough with the wretched excess hyperbole 😎
Guitar Slinger, please, fuck right off. You are annoying as fuck.
Great video as per usual guys, real good stuff,
Thank you for the great piece !! nice to see someone so adamant about the BMW 850 … having a wish to own one one day … the 850 Csi 6 speed manual is the ne plus ultra of the BMW series … still shopping for a Csi manual … maybe one day 🙂
These are great cars. They are not for everyone; just like any car over 20 years old they need maintenance. It is a complex machine and will certainly cost more to maintain than a 20 year old Honda…but then you’d have to drive a Honda. I chose my 8 Series because of the unique design, luxury and cruising capability. It may not be fast compared to today’s standard but it is quick enough.
That Honda is a rare car. Light and quick, although I’m not sure I’d call it a long distance cruiser. ‘Glad you like it though and that it’s cheap to operate, we should all have cars we like.
Tom J: I challenge you to drive my 21 year old JDM Honda Integra Type R and say that. It’s my choice for a fast cross country fun drive ahead of my 20V ur quattro, E39 M5, and Megane 265 RS. Only ever needed routine maintenance in its 50,000 miles of life. You could equally have said VW or BMW. They have cooking models too…
although not a BMW fan the 8 series was unique for that era. I think in Europe they presented it in 1988.
Close. It was presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1989.
Ah… the ultimate wallet-emptier. Very expensive to maintain. Bought it for $11000. Put $10,000 into it and sold it for $8000. Almost as bad as my 928. Great memories though!
Can you name another V12 you can maintain cheaper? You bought a $100k automobile for $11k. If you drove it for a couple of years you probably did okay. Perspective.
I understand you – I have a 928 , So I know where I’m getting into if I buy one of these 850’s 🙂
I spent a while recently deciding between this and an early Mercedes CL – both are pillarless coupes with a V-12. I looked and thought a long time, but am now the happy owner of an ’01 Cl600.
This is a really close second, though!
Miss my black/black 850 CSI, purchased it directly from BMW in ’98 and was UK managing director of BMW UK car, was beautiful, such a beautiful engine and looks, should never have sold it 🙁
Cool video, always rather like the look of these in the 90’s. Obviously releasing this film a few days before BMW are unveiling a new 8 Series (or at least a thinly disguised concept car) at the Villa d’Este concours is entirely coincidental? 😉
What are you talking about Guitar Slinger? It very clearly says “In Partnership Wih BMW” at the beginning of this film. Is that not transparent enough for you?
errr … Mr Lange done outed ya Gushe ! 😎
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