The 8-Series models were introduced as the ’90s began. The first BMW 8-Series model was the 850i, released in 1989. These vehicles introduced frameless windows and new electronic features that added popup headlights à la the Mazda Miata, Porsche 924, or Ferrari F40, and other stylistic and functional improvements.
However, this luxurious and enormous vehicle’s sales didn’t go as planned. The cost was high, and the cars lacked the panache dominating the underlying BMW aesthetic. Even with a potent V12 under the hood, the 850i lacked what the 840Ci would bring to the table shortly after.
In 1992, the 840Ci was introduced with an M60B40 4.0L V8 engine that produced 282 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine (M62B44) that entered the car in 1995 improved the torque, lifting it to 310 pound-feet with the help of an enlarged 4.4L V8. The 8-Series models only lasted until 1999 and have only recently returned with the G15 generation of BMWs. These ’90s 8-Series are a fantastic example of the brand’s luxury lineup and powerful builds for those looking for a classic BMW body style. Notably, the 840Ci offers the best value among the pack, along with the car’s excellent performance standards — typical prices for the 840Ci range from $10,000 to $18,000.