Happy 40th birthday to BMW's M Division
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Posted: 18 May 2012
BMW 850 CSi
OK, so this doesn't technically have an M badge on it, but spiritually the 850 CSi's got the Motorsport division in its blood.
It took over from the M8 prototype - built as a Ferrari killer, but never actually manufactured - and used a tuned version of the 850i's engine. Capacity increased to 5.6 liters (and power to 375bhp), it got modified suspension, aero bumpers, wider wheels, a six-speed manual ‘box and four-wheel steer. Obviously, production versions didn't benefit from the rather outlandish paintwork, here courtesy of David Hockney.