So why would BMW choose July 2 to release a retrospective on the 8 Series? Could it have something to do with the recent unveiling of the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, another sleek, B-pillarless V12 two-door, at this year's Villa d'Este? We have no idea, but the timing is likely coincidental.

This three-minute look at the 8 Series talks to Niels Hamann, who was smitten with the long-hooded coupe when it appeared in 1989 and finally bought one in 2004. Hamann also happens to be a project manager at BMW, and that came in handy when he wrote a book detailing every aspect of what was BMW's flagship for ten years but to the chagrin of many only managed one generation.

While we wait for the next clue about the Gran Lusso - 8 Series connection, check out the video below.



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      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      A timeless beauty.
      BlackandMild
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW might as well re-release the 8 series, God knows over the last few years they have used every number except 4 going back to number 1 to name their cars that most of which just look like smaller and larger versions of each other-
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already have one. The current 6-series is bigger in all dimension than the last 8 series.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercer
        It's more powerful too. But it doesn't look as good.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercer
        Every BMW is bigger and heavier and more powerful.
          crshcrstr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Teleny411
          ...Every CAR is bigger and heavier and more powerful now than they used to be. Its the side effect of being much less likely to die in a crash.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the 8-series from the outside. From the interior it was just fine, but the outside was dynamite front, sides and back. Especially the front. It's too bad they're expensive to keep running
        matt_shift
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        love that wedge nose and the pop up headlights are an iconic design of a bygone decade. I'd take the 12-cyl over the V8, simply because it's becoming somewhat of a relic these days. BMW, what happened to you... :(
      crshcrstr
      • 1 Year Ago
      This car has always been on my short list. I will own one someday...
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see BMW have a dedicated V12. But who wouldn't? Just imagine twin scroll turbocharger, with brembos, and and an automated dual clutch for the doctors and lawyers buying it.
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of my favorite BMWs. Even when I see one today its a special moment.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      how about the i8 which is just around the corner AB?!
      kipswork
      • 1 Year Ago
      As I understand it, the 8 series and the BMW v12 in general are some of the worst pieces of crap you could ever hope to own. Most of you will think I'm nuts, but Germans are awful engineers. I've had 2 benzs and 2 vws, and it was as if they were specifically designed to insult the owner. And need I mention how overpriced they ate? That 8 series was something like a $100,000 car in today's money, and less reliable than a chevy cavalier. Just sayin'.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        The V12 is a mechanical nightmare. I had a friend with a 750iL who couldn't make it run right ever. He's owned 10 BMWs in his life, but this one was the one that he just couldn't make work.
          Mark out West
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          Complete BS. The M70/M73 engine is simply two 2.5 sixes sharing a common crankcase. SOHC, hydraulic lash adjusters, two valves, 8:0:1 compression ratio. Engine is severely understressed and destined to last forever. I've had mine for over 20 years and it's got 150K on the clock. Just keep the batteries in top shape and you're fine. I'm sick of this "my friend's 750" crap.
          kipswork
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          I considered a 750il at one point. Then someone directed me to "I hatemy750il.com". That cured me. And while I appreciate the 8 series, to me it looks like a late 90 ford contour 2 door. It's a pretty bland car except for the front end. In fact, the only reason we are talking about it is BECAUSE it was so expensive. There's nothing else to recommend it. It's a bland car that wasn't fast, had record setting bad reliability, wasnt sporty, wasn't luxury, wasn't cheap, and wasn't any good. Didn't have any technical breakthroughs that I know of.
        MMM
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kipswork
        You are a deranged lunatic my friend! German cars are by far the best engineered cars.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very pretty and neat car. I hate B pillars.
        jj360
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thenewrick
        It seems most decent coupes, and many sedans for that matter, from the 60's and 70's didn't have B pillars.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jj360
          Those were called hardtops. They were build like convertibles but with hardtops on. They aren't made anymore because recent safety regulations make it expensive to make a vehicle that meets regulations and has no B pillar (or a truncated one).
      Andy Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this is one of the best looking cars ever built.
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