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.
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
Handling, handling, handling. Great
comfort, extremely responsive, high-
speed on demand. Probably the best-
designed vehicle BMW has ever built.
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