I normally despise the phrase “they don’t build ’em like they used to,” but I believe it applies to BMW design. Some recent BMWs are indeed stunning, but none can compete with the near-perfect design of the E31 8 Series. The original 8 Series was and still is a stunning vehicle. It had flaws–poor dependability, a lack of traditional BMW handling, and an exorbitant price–but it sure looked beautiful. This particular 1995 BMW 850Ci is outstanding and is presently for sale in Prague. It is painted in a BMW Individual Tobagoblau metallic.
With its Individual blue paint, two-tone blue and black interior, and deep-dished BBS wheels, the ’95 BMW 850Ci is offered for sale on Auctomobile. It’s the ideal looking 8 Series, and it’s practically pouring with classic-cool style. It has a lot more personality than the contemporary 8 Series, while being a nice looking vehicle, and this ancient E31 will look excellent for many decades to come. It’s low and sleek, with a long hood and a short back deck, tiny kidney grilles and pop-up headlights. What an amazing vehicle.
Its inside is, perhaps, a little drab. The color palette of this automobile is nice, but the interior design of the E31 was a letdown. Still, it’s attractive, with a certain ’90s charm, and it’s absolutely distinctive, unlike any other BMW, something the current model cannot claim.
The BMW 850Ci boasts a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine with 296 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Given that some BMW four-cylinders currently produce more than that, the E31 seems to be a little sluggish. However, the smooth V12 will be significantly more fun to operate than the majority of modern BMW engines. Its five-speed automated transmission will detract from the driving experience, but that’s acceptable when you have a magnificent BMW GT vehicle with a V12 and rear-wheel drive.
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