The already classic BMW 8-Series is currently celebrating its 25th birthday and the event couldn’t go by unseen by owners of the model.
The BMW 8-Series club 8er.org and the ClubE31 Worldwide Owners Group e.V., supported by the BMW Club International Office, have organized a get-together in which 260 owners, out of which 120 who came with their rides, met at the company’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. It wasn’t hard to read their faces and tell what they what because chances are 99 percent were thinking how great a new generation of the 8-Series would look these days, equipped with all the brand new high-tech BMW has to offer.
The BMW 8-Series has been officially presented to the public, in a premiere, during the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. The model came with some impressive features such as automatically dimming rearview mirror, the electrically adjustable steering column, the seatbelt system integrated into the seats, the side windows which could be lowered or raised automatically when the doors were opened or closed to reduce wind noise, the Automatic Stability Control plus Traction, the EDC and so on. The model has been produced in 31,562 units until 1999 and it was offered in a two-door coupe body style, coming with a 4.0L V8, a 4.4L V8, a 5.0-5.6L V12 and a 5.4L V12, connected to a 4- or 5-speed automatic or to a 6-speed manual transmission.