BMW is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 8-Series by taking a look back at the iconic coupe.
Originally unveiled at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 8-Series was designed to "challenge to the world’s finest sports coupes with a design oozing avant-garde elegance, arresting performance attributes, an exceptional wealth of innovations and a sprinkling of exclusive luxury."
While its design looks a little dated today, the model was celebrated for its distinctive wedge-shape, retractable headlights and pillar less design. The model also had a variety of "new" features including an electrically adjustable steering column, an auto dimming rear-view mirror and a remote-control central locking system.
When the car was launched, it featured a 5.0-liter V12 engine that developed 300 PS (220 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. This enabled the 1,790 kg (3,946 lb) coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in as little as 6.8 seconds.
In 1993, the company introduced two new variants. The entry-level 840 Ci had a 4.0-liter V8 engine with 286 PS (210 kW), while the 850 CSi featured a 5.6-liter V12 engine that produced 381 PS (280 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.
A year later, the 850 Ci was outfitted with a new 5.4-liter V12 engine that produced 326 PS (240 kW) and could be connected to a new five-speed automatic transmission.
By the time production ended in 1999, BMW built a total of 30,621 8-Series. More than two thirds of them were equipped with a V12 engine but only one in six had a manual transmission.
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