BMW 8 Series

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BMW 8 Series E31
BMW 8 Series  E31 1989 1999
1989 1999

The 8 Series from the BMW came to replace the old and aging 6 Series, which was launched in the late ’70s.
It was the carmaker’s first true GT vehicle and it is one of the best BMWs made in the ’90s. It was a completely new car and the look was different than any other car sporting the blue and white roundel.

BMW didn’t have too many cars with pop-up headlights, but in the late ’80s, this were the coolest feature Before the 8 Series, only the Z1 and M1 had had pop-up headlights.

The sleek design was typical for a GT vehicle, with a long hood, a spacious cabin, and a short trunk. But unlike other GT vehicles from that era, the 8 Series had 4 real seats. There was not a lot of room in the back, but for short distances it was OK.

The interior was ahead of its time. It didn’t have a navigation system, but it had a complicated on-board computer and a very powerful audio system. The fine bucket front seats were made mostly for comfort, but they were bolstered to could keep their occupants still under hard cornering. And, with the optional M-Technic suspension, it was really fast on a twisty road.

For the drivetrain, BMW offered three choices: a 4.0 liter V8, a 5.0 liter V12, and a 5.2-liter V12.

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