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BMW 8 Series

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BMW 8 Series
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Class Grand Tourer
Body Style 2 dr Coupe
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Transmission 6 speed Manual
4 speed Automatic
5 speed Steptronic, RWD
Engine 4.4L DOHC V8
5.0L SOHC V12
Power V8

210 kW @ 5700 rpm
427 Nm of torque @ 3900 rpm

V12

220 kW @ 5200 rpm
450 Nm of torque @ 4100 rpm

Similar Jaguar XK8
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The BMW 8 Series (chassis code BMW E31) is a V8 or V12-engined 2-door 2+2 coupe built by BMW from 1989 to 1999.

While it did supplant the original E24 based 6 Series in 1989, a common misconception is that the 8 Series was developed as a successor. However, it was actually an entirely new class aimed at a different market, with a substantially higher price point and performance than the 6 series. The 8 Series was designed as a direct competitor to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and S-Class coupes (later renamed the CL-Class).

The BMW 8 Series was BMW's flagship car while in production. A new vehicle cost around US$100,000 and had an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), although with the limiters removed top speed was estimated at 186 mph (299 km/h). Worldwide production ceased May 12, 1999, with 30,621 built.

BMW is rumored to have plans to revive the 8 Series name for a potential "four-door coupe," much like the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The existing E63/E64 6-Series two-door coupe currently completes with the CLS-Class in that price point.

See Wikicars' comprehensive BMW 8 Series Review.

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All engines are robust and reliable if properly serviced and the ZF Atomatic gearboxes would give no trouble. However, the computers in the 8 Series can give trouble but they're not unreliable as other modern cars' electronics. The front indicators are easy to break and are expensive to replace. Plastics are prone to damage and are also expensive to repair or replace.

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