One-off special-edition coupe features components made from real meteorites.
BMW Individual has revealed a space-themed 8 Series inspired by outer space, even incorporating extra-terrestrial materials.
Dubbed the (breathes) BMW Individual M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, the one-off vehicle is based on the V8-powered 8 Series coupe and is said to have “opened up a new dimension in exclusivity by looking beyond our planet and bringing the night sky into the car”.
Headlining the spec sheet is the application of actual meteorite on selected surfaces like the centre console trim plate, start/stop button, the gear selector, and the iDrive controller. The space material also adorns the door sill finishers, too.
Complementing the meteorite-made surfaces are Widmanstätten-paterned surfaces, a “strictly geometric” structure which is “the result of the metal alloy cooling down in an extremely slow process that cannot be reproduced on Earth, making it an unmistakable signature of extra-terrestrial material”.
The Widmanstätten pattern also adorns the vehicle’s hand-stitched headliner and milled brake discs, along with th exterior mirrors, the side intake splitters on each side of the front bumper, the centre mesh plate and the surrounds of the ‘Air Breathers’ on the front side panels.
Speaking of the brakes, the calipers that accompany the milled discs have been created using 3D printing, and are claimed to be up to 30 per cent lighter than units produced using conventional methods.
Inside, the seats are trimmed in fine-grained Merino leather featuring a tri-colour theme (Opal White/Midnight Blue/Silver), featuring Widmanstätten detailing for the inserts.
Other details include an LED-backlit centre console lid, perhaps inspired by the starlight headliner used by Rolls-Royce. The design is claimed to mimic the “effect of a star-studded sky”.
Meanwhile, the exterior has been finished with a dual-coat scheme, using Black non-metallic as the base with San Marino Blue metallic graduating from the bottom edge to the top of the wheel arches. BMW has completed the body finish with three layers of clear coat with “varying pigment particle sizes” to give the paint a “remarkable sense of depth”.
Power comes from the same 390kW 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the ‘standard’ M850i xDrive, sending drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic.