The 1990s 850 CSi was the range-topping variant of the E31 and BMW’s halo model of that era, thanks to the significant revisions made over the ‘normal’ 850 Ci. This is the closest thing we ever got to a fully blown E31 M8.
Stumbling on a BMW 850 CSi in such good condition is pretty rare these days, but finding a late model in this specific color combination in the U.S. is impossible, as according to its current owner, it’s the only one finished in Alpine White over Lotus White leather interior that was sold in the States.
Perhaps it’s the bright white paint job talking here, but this 850 CSi still managed to impress us with its undeniably flagship aura. If you feel smitten too, you can head to Bring A Trailer and place a bid right now before it ends on December 3.
The 850 CSi’s V12 engine was upgraded extensively and enlarged to 5.6 liters, with BMW assigning it a new, different engine code from the one in the 850 Ci model. Power was rated at 375 HP (381 PS) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. All 850 CSi models came out of the factory with a manual six-speed transmission and a limited-slip differential as well.
BMW also upgraded and tuned the suspension, installing firmer dampers and springs, as well as a faster steering rack. Both bumpers front and rear were redesigned for the 850 CSi, which also got a set of quad round taillpipes, instead of the square ones found on lesser models.
The U.S. market received 225 examples of the 850 CSi, with the car pictured here being the 205th one delivered. It has covered just 86,000 miles and is accompanied with its original window sticker and full service history since new. That includes a recent $6k engine-out maintenance work, where the V12 was partially resealed, got a new water pump, thermostat and more.
The seller also had the Lotus White leather seats reupholstered, and the wood trim and gear shift knob refurbished, making the 850 CSi’s button-heavy cockpit look brand new.
We all have heard horror maintenance stories about these complex Bavarian machines but with so much work done to it recently, the temptation is rather strong.