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Old 04-29-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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BMW's most amazing secret. The car they SHOULD have made.

In 1990, BMW launched a project that targeted the exotic sportscar and supercar markets.

BMW handed the M division an unlimited budget and one brand new 1991 850i. The result was the M8 prototype.









The S70/1 V12.



The M8 was supposed to close the gap between BMW and the supercar group. The Ferrari Testarossa was noted as a particular rival. BMW M was told to go crazy with it.

To reduce weight, the whole body of the car was made of a carbon-kevlar composite. It was similar to the corvette concept, but lighter and even stronger. It was also given a slightly wider body than the standard 8-Series.

The S70/1 V12 that was developed by M for the M8 had 6.0 litres of displacement, and pushed numbers above 550HP. The exact performance numbers were kept secret, and remain such to this day. The only information leaked was that test results indicated that the car was superior to the current Ferrari Testarossa in all aspects.

Unforutunatly, a decline in sportscar sales during the early '90s led BMW to cancel the project. It never made it past the prototype stage(notice this car did not even have headlights.) Only one was ever made and it now sits in some secluded BMW warehouse in Germany. Access to the car is restricted. According to BMW, the car is behind lots of boxes, and awaiting destruction in the near future, as the 8-Series is no longer in production.

When the M8 project was canceled, they slightly modified the S70/1 engine and transplanted it into the McLaren F1.

Although there were no "M8" badged 8ers, BMW did send the 8er for a massage by M. The result was the 850CSi. Although they have no M badge, they are true M cars, with a 5.6l S70 engine and WBS vin number. They are so rare, that even a used high milage car will sell for over 55K.

I love the 8-series (ex-owner), IMO its the best looking BMW ever produced and the M8 prototype blew my mind when I first read about it. If the car doesnt impress you, remember this was 1990! (hell the new M5 and M6 don't even push 550...lol)

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I would love for BMW to make a new 8 series, just like they bought the 6 back maybe they'll do the same and follow it with an M8!
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Old 04-29-2006, 07:41 PM   #3
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WOW that is super focking sick
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Don't remind me.

Yes they really should have build that car. Hell if they built that car now it would still be the best looking car from the BMW lineup.
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Wow sweet post nice piece of history.....too bad they never put that into motion. There is someone around town who owns a maroon-ish(specific color unsure)8er. They are for sure cool!
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Nice information and a good read indeed.

I wish they would of made that.
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the 8 series is sexy...it will be back...give it some time
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would have been very sexy
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man that would have been sweet. i dont think they should dis-assemble it, it should be put in some BMW museum or something.

if they were to bring back the 8, dont you think it would be freaking huge? considering the size of a current 6, the 8 would have to be "bigger".
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I've always loved the 8 series. There is a guy around town who has one. They are the coolest looking car. Too bad the 8-Series Production stopped. I too would love for them to bring it back just like they did with the 6-Series.

Cool post about the piece of BMW history.
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I pray that BMW brings back the 8-series sometime in the near future but only in a limited run And an M8 would be absolute heaven. I would love to see a BMW supercar in my lifetime.
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I sadly don't forsee the 8-series making a comeback, given that it was a replacement to the 6-series. The point would be rather moot. BUT, it'd be pretty sweet! BMW NEEDS a highpower V12 in the 6 series. Like a tamer, M6 for cruising at very high speeds. But, probably won't happen...
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I sadly don't forsee the 8-series making a comeback, given that it was a replacement to the 6-series. The point would be rather moot. BUT, it'd be pretty sweet! BMW NEEDS a highpower V12 in the 6 series. Like a tamer, M6 for cruising at very high speeds. But, probably won't happen...


And with the price of oil the way it's going, I would say all the large displacement cars' days are numbered.

I had an 840Ci and I loved it. I dont think there is any car in the world i would take over that M8.

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Huge displacement sports cars are in the history books IMO
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i saw a 850 csl the other day, i didn't know if it was real or just a badge but it was sexy
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yeah, always been a fan of the 8 series. maybe they will bring it back and it wont be baglefied...
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That car is sick! The 8 series has always been one of my favorites. Such a sexy car! I hope they bring it back.
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I always liked the looks of them, but I've heard the maintenance is super-expensive - worse than keeping an old V12 7-series going...
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I always liked the looks of them, but I've heard the maintenance is super-expensive - worse than keeping an old V12 7-series going...
It is pretty costly. My best friend is a BMW service tech and he had an 850 (12cyl) in recently. I believe it was a '94, but that car was still so clean. The maintenance costs would be worth owning one for me.
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that' very interesting.. i do like the 8series a lot.. even though it's so old.. but i just never get tired to see one once in awhile.. coz it's so damn gorgeous!!!
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