The 8 Series was introduced in 1990 under the E31 model code and was only available as a two-door coupé. It is powered by a range of naturally aspirated V8 and V12engines. The E31 started production just as E24 6 series production ended, however it is not considered a direct successor. It was later discontinued in 1999 due to poor sales. The model range was later reintroduced in 2018 with the second generation, G15 8 series.
Design work of the first generation E31 8 Series began in 1984, with final design phase and production development starting in 1986. The car debuted at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was produced until 1999. The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the market of the original E24 6 series, featuring greater performance and an increased price. The 8 Series was the first road car to offer a V12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first vehicles to be fitted with electronic drive-by-wire throttle. The 8 Series was also among one of BMW's first cars to use a multi-link rear axle.
Length : cm (in): 478 (188.2)
Width : cm (in): 185 (73)
Height : cm (in): 134 (52.8)
Wheelbase : cm (in) : 268 (105.7)
Weight: kg (lb) : 1790 (3946)
Displacement : V12 4988 cc (305 cu in), front-mounted
Valve gear : 24
Fuel system : Bosch Motronic injection
Gearbox : Automatic
Drive wheels : rear-wheel drive
Maximum power : 296 bhp at 5200 rpm
Maximum torque : 450 Nm at 4100 rpm
Top speed : 250 km/h (155 mph), electronically limited