by Melrin4SC on Jan 13, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 BMW 8 Series 850Ci 2dr Coupe
a few minor tweeks and this would have
been the best prodcution car ever
But unfortunately it is a bit too heavy.
But several great firsts and
innovations came out on this car before
all others. 5 speed Steptronic, EDC
and DSC, better than AST+4.
reduce empty weight by about 900 pounds
would make it so much more drivable,
and almsot tossable with the '96 on
drive train. But still gets
surprising fuel economy for a car this
The high-performance 850CSi has been dropped. The remaining 850Ci and 840Ci models now feature the speed-sensitive variable assist steering system previously available only on the 850Ci. The 840Ci gets two upgrades previously exclusive to the V12 model: the Steptronic automatic transmission and bird's eye maple interior trim. A slightly larger displacement for the V8 engine results in more torque (310 lb-ft vs. 295 lb-ft) at lower rpm but horsepower remains at 282. Both models receive a redesigned audio system and automatic-locking retractor seatbelts to better accommodate child seats.