The 8 Series was introduced in 1990 under the “E31” code as a two-door coupé model with either a V8 or V12 engine but the design work of the E31 started back in 1984 and no less than 100 prototypes were developed.
It was finally presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1989 in the 850i 5.0L M70B50 V12 engine variant having a power of 300 PS in either a 4-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Compared to the 6 Series, the 8 Series had substantially improved performance, as well as a much higher purchase price and with its beautifully designed bodywork and technological innovations, it was well received by the specialist press at the time.
This BMW 850i 5.0L V12 model has an automatic transmission, 134K miles and is stunning both inside and out. It drives very well and comes with a recent MOT.
Some minor faults however are reflected in the asking price:
- Driver side electrical seat is needing attention (works but not quite right!)
- Poor Radio system
- OBC (On Board Computer) pixels are poor
- Sunroof does not work