by KElliott on Apr 20, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 8 Series 850Ci 2dr Coupe
This is not your father's 850. A
stock machine was given to Steve Dinan
and $45,000 later, a twin-turbo super
coupe was delivered. Suffice it to
say that all of the performance short
comings were eliminated as there now
lurks a 525hp, 550 lb.torque well
mannered V12 waiting to be driven.
Less then 50 V12s were altered and of
the 8's, most were
automatics (not as much fun as the 6
speed but very well behaved). This
combination of raw power, slot-car
handling, and technology, all brought
together in what is perhaps the best
looking vehicle that Munich has ever
produced, is hard to beat.
by crcruznsf on Oct 12, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 BMW 8 Series 840Ci 2dr Coupe
I fell in love with the 8-series when
it first debuted in 1991, and dreamed
of owning one. Purchased my mid-life
crisis car in 2000, and I have been in
driver heaven ever since. Handling,
handling, handling, on rails! Sinks
into the road at high speed (tops at
around 160, and yes, I got a ticket).
Just drove cross-country with it and it
was much more fun than flying first
class. Averaged 25 mpg for the 3500
mile trip! Now I have to buy an SUV,
because this baby will never see snow.
Can't say enough about the design and
execution. Routine maintenance costs
are what you'd expect for a car in this
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