(1997: The 4.4L M62 replaced the original 4.0L M60 in the 840ci. Since only 800 were made from '96-'97 it remains one of the most desirable and reliable exotic cars of its time.)
(Gallery: The last 8 series ever made was the 840ci with the M62 engine. It came off the line in August 1997. With the improved of the all aluminum M62 engine the 840ci was just as fast and infinitely more reliable than the 12cyl. Only 800!)
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Revision as of 20:05, March 19, 2020

The BMW 8-Series was released in 1990 as a 1991 model, supplanting the previous grand tourer, the 6-Series (1976-1989).

Year-to-year changes

1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
N/A 840Ci
N/A 850CSi N/A


In the early '90s, only one model was available within the BMW 8-Series -- the 850i, later known as the 850Ci. It was used to accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than 7 seconds, cruise at a computer-limited 155 mph and turn a corner at nearly 1 g. But it also had all the comfort of a big luxury sedan, plus all the style of a sleek sport coupe. And there was even a back seat (although rear-seat legroom was almost nonexistent in this 2+2 coupe).


If there were a market segment called Big Boomer Gran Turismo, BMW's 840Ci and 850Ci would have been right in the center, competing with the Mercedes-Benz S500 and S600, Jaguar XJS and Porsche 928. Except for a couple of exotic Ferrari and Lamborghini models costing $100,000 more, cars like the 850Ci represented the outer limits of mass-production passenger cars.

BMW's 8-series was essentially a short-wheelbase 7-series fitted with sleek coupe bodywork. The new base car, known as the 840Ci, used the same 282-hp V8 as the 740i; the 850Ci used the 296-hp V12 with its locomotive-like 332 ft.-lb. of torque. The limited-edition 850CSi, a hot-rodded version developed by BMW's motorsports department, came with a 5.6-liter version of the V12 that produced 372 hp and more than 400 ft.-lb. of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox, wide low-profile tires on 17-in. wheels and a tightened-up suspension made this one of the best-performing sport coupes ever built.

The 8-series offered such standard features as leather upholstery, automatic climate control, power everything and a computerized memory for the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirrors. Standard, too, is more performance and status than normal folks can stand.


The 840Ci, which was mostly unchanged, went on sale first in late 1994. The 850Ci was upgraded to have 322 horsepower and 361 ft.-lb. of torque. This trim level, along with the 850CSi, were distrubted to dealerships in February 1995.


This was the last model year for the 850CSi. The first engine size to go on sale was the 850Ci in December 1995, followed by the 840Ci in early 1996. In 1996 the 840CI was updated with the new M62 Engine producing more horsepower and torque. They only made 800 of them between '96-'97. The engine was 4.4 liter.


After seven years of production, BMW discontinued the 8-Series. A replacement for this car was on hiatus until 2003.

Retail prices

Model year(s) Engine size List price Destination charge Effective date
1991 5.0L $73,600 N/A February 10, 1991
1992 5.0L $78,500 N/A March 1, 1992
1993 5.0L $83,400 N/A December 1, 1992
1994 4.0L $68,100 $450 Q1 1994
1994 5.0L $85,500 N/A Q1 1994
1994 5.6L $98,500 N/A Q1 1994
1995 4.0L $69,900 $470 October 1994
1995 5.4L $88,050 N/A March 2, 1995
1995 5.6L $100,950 N/A March 2, 1995
1995 4.0L $72,000 $570 May 22, 1995
1995 5.4L $91,000 N/A May 22, 1995
1996 4.4L $74,400 $570 Q1 1996
1996 5.4L $93,360 N/A Q1 1996
1996 5.6L $102,950 N/A Q1 1996
1997 4.4L $81,500 $570 August, 1997
1997 5.4L $94,700 N/A September 19, 1996


Video Clips

BMW 850Ci 2DR Coupe

BMW 850Ci 2DR Coupe

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