Ten reasons why BMW's 8-Series is great
As BMW’s luxury coupe celebrates its 25th anniversary, here’s why it’s cool
Posted: 04 Jun 2014
That V12 came in a more powerful flavour
In 1993, BMW realised that 300 horses in something weighing 1790kg wasn't going to cut it with the Wolf of Wall Street crowd. So they ramped up the capacity of that V12 from 5.0 litres to 5.6 litres, tweaked to produce 381bhp and 406lb ft. Meet the 850 CSI, which was only available with a manual gearbox. That new-found power was enough to cut the 0-62mph sprint down from 6.8 seconds to under six seconds. Much more like it.