The new trick up BMW’s sleeve could be literally considered out of the world. Gowned as a rather special one-off, the new iteration by the Bavarians features actual meteoric elements on its central console.
The 850i Night Sky was revealed by the company last week on Thursday when Earth was treated to its first meteor shower of 2019. The special moniker is courtesy of the in-house BMW Individual Manufacktur customization facility.
BMW claims that its designers incorporated the material from meteors in the centre console’s trim plate, start-stop ignition button, the gear selector, and a touch controller for the iDrive system.
BMW claims that its designers incorporated the material from meteors in the centre console’s trim plate, start-stop ignition button, the gear selector as well as the touch controller for the iDrive system.
Frankly, we think it’s a good change from the typical materials that are usually found on the panels. Further supplementing the spacey vibe inside the cars are the illuminated constellations of stars on the centre console along with extraterrestrial bodies on the exterior vents and mirrors. BMW has specifically named this pattern as Widmanstatten, which relates to ice-crystals which naturally form on Meteorites when its iron properties come in contact with an acidic compound. Interestingly, this process cannot be reproduced on Earth.
BMW, however, has managed to mimic the design in the hand-stitched headliner, seats, brake callipers, front splitters, and elsewhere. For the Night Sky, BMW was used 3D-printed units for the brake callipers that are claimed to be 30 percent lighter than its traditional counterparts. It also stated that the reduced unsprung mass helps with the dynamics and ride comfort in the new 850i.
Further supplementing the spacey vibe inside the car are the illuminated constellations of stars on the centre console along with extraterrestrial bodies on the exterior vents and mirrors.
The German manufacturer has put in special efforts with the paint job on the iteration by first painting it with a non-metallic black colour and then a coat in San Marino Blue metallic. After this, three layers of clear coat provide the one-off hue for the incredible depth.
We are not clear if this rather special car was commissioned by one of the company’s customers or if BMW Individual Manufaktur simply wanted to flex its muscles. Hence, we are not clear about the price tag on the car, which we assume will be out of this world.