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8 Series - E31 (1989 - 1999)

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The e31 8 series was introduced in 1989, and was supposed to replace the 6 series which had been in production from 1976 until 1989.
The only model available at that time was an 850i, with a 12 cylinder engine providing 300HP, and was at least 50% more expensive then the 6 series.
So why did BMW make the 8 series? Mercedes came on the market with the 500SL, and BMW had to have a competitor.
Problem with this was that it wasn't in BMW's lane; BMW buyers couldn't afford it, nor the fuel cost, and went for the 5 series instead.
850csi_red_front

This 2 door coupé had a top speed of 250km/h, and was replaced by the 850Ci in 1993.
At the same time the 840Ci and the 850CSi were introduced. The 840ci received an 8 cylinder engine with 286HP.
The 850CSi (top model) had a 12 cylinder engine providing no less then 380HP, and had a special M package with M rims and mirrors.
In 1994 the 850i got an engine tune-up and now had 326HP, and in 1996 the 840Ci received an engine tune-up.
The 8 series was in production until 1999, the 850CSi only lasted until 1997.


850csi_red_back

To help a fairy tail out of the world:
There was never an M8, the 850CSi (with sports package) had an S70 engine which had ties with the Motorsport department, wasn't a real M8, but some like to call it that.
This S70 engine was also available in the McLaren F1, so you might call it the F8 ;).


Specifications for BMW 8 series e31

TypeBuiltPerformanceFuel consEnginePower/Torque
BMW 840Ci
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1993
-
1996
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.9s
80-120km/h*: 6.9s
Code: M60 B40
3982cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
210kW / 286HP at 5800rpm
400Nm at 4500rpm
BMW 840Ci
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1996
-
1999
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.6s
80-120km/h*: 6.3s
City: 19.7 l/100km
Hway: 9.3 l/100km
Avg: 13.1 l/100km
Code: M62 B44
4398cc - 8cyl / 32v
petrol
213kW / 290HP at 5700rpm
420Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 850Ci
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1992
-
1994
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.8s
80-120km/h*: 6s
Code: M70 B50
4988cc - 12cyl / 24v
petrol
220kW / 299HP at 5200rpm
450Nm at 4100rpm
BMW 850Ci
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1994
-
1999
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.3s
City: 21.1 l/100km
Hway: 9.9 l/100km
Avg: 14 l/100km
Code: M73 B54
5379cc - 12cyl / 24v
petrol
240kW / 326HP at 5000rpm
490Nm at 3900rpm
BMW 850CSi
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1992
-
1996
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6s
80-120km/h*: 5.9s
City: 27.2 l/100km
Hway: 12.6 l/100km
Avg: 18 l/100km
Code: S70 B56 Kat
5576cc - 12cyl / 24v
petrol
280kW / 381HP at 5300rpm
550Nm at 4000rpm
BMW 850i
8 Series (E31)
Coupe
1989
-
1994
Topspd: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 6.8s
80-120km/h*: 6s
Code: M70 B50
4988cc - 12cyl / 24v
petrol
220kW / 299HP at 5200rpm
450Nm at 4100rpm
* elasticity 80-120km/h in 4th gear
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