The 8 series is a super-coupe, the king of the heavy cruisers of the autobahn. Although heavy, it still responds well to driver input and was a major departure for BMW in that it was a heavy coupe with all the creature comforts. In town it is a little ponderous, and sometimes shows its 4100lb curb weight. However, on the highway, it shines. The E31, as it is known in the BMW world, has a timeless and artistic form that draws a crowd of admirers wherever you stop. The main question I've gottn about my now 14 year old car is, "is that the new model?" Truly a beautiful and unique automobile.
The silky smooth V-12. You can balance a nickel on its side on top of the engine while it is running! Auto-tilt right rearview mirror when put in reverse, dual climate control, heated mirrors and windshield fluid, seat memory, and the front windows roll up automatically at 90mph. I could go on....
It needed to be about 1,000 lbs. lighter to be a true performance supercar. The rear seat was an afterthought, and if you can't afford gasoline, you can't afford this car.