BMW 840
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Make: BMW
Model: 840
BMW 840

In 1989 the German automaker BMW released the BMW 8 Series. It was offered as a V8 or V12-engined 2-door 2+2 coupe. This vehicle is a whopper with a top speed of 186 mph. There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the 8 Series is a successor for the original BMW 6 Series. In fact, it is not. Rather, it is an entirely new line of vehicles aimed at reaching a different market with a considerably higher price point. The 8 series car will run the buyer upwards of US$100,000. Production on these models came to an end on May 12, 1999. In total, 30,621 units were built. The 8 series spent a decent amount of time in the minds of designers and engineers before it ever made it out for purchase. In fact, design began in 1984, and construction began in 1986. It was not debuted though until the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in early September 1989. The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the borders of the original 6 Series, which is evident given the different character between the two series. The 6 Series was primarily a solid Grand Touring car, while the 8 Series was aimed towards the higher end customer. It claimed the status of BMW's flagship car while in production. As stated, this was not a cheap car to buy, and it was nevertheless, a cheap car to conceptualize. Over $2.2 billion were spent on development. The majority of the design was completed using CAD tools, which was still abnormal at the time. These tools allowed the designers to produce a whole new body shape that proved to be very aerodynamic. Combined with wind tunnel testing, the car was determined to have a drag coefficient of 0.29, which was a major improvement from the previous BMW M6/635CSi's 0.39.

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