BMW has been busy collecting 8-Series vehicle monikers with trademark applications including the “M8" title, with a “BMW insider” spilling to Auto Express plans for a luxury GT car to take on the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe.
The car above is a BMW 850i. It has a V12 engine. How did BMW make this vast powerplant? They combined two inline sixes, and this made for one particular peculiarity.
What does it really mean to be a “luxury flagship,” anyway? For BMW in 1989, it meant this: 12 cylinders, two doors, 300 horsepower, a 4,000 pound curb weight, and an aggressive wedge design. This is the 8-Series, and it is one BMW’s best failed experiments.
The late, lamented BMW 8 series was like a coupe version of the top-spec BMW 7 series limousine. Is it really gone, or did it just get a Rolls Royce badge?