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BMW 850i

BMW 850i

As a grander replacement for the 6-series coupe, the 1989 850i ended up bigger, heavier and more powerful. BMW designed the car to be easy to drive and virtually foolproof. It had both Automatic Stability Control and Traction Control to keep the car on the street in all situations. The former controlled the rear suspension as it incorporated a passive rear-steer system which eliminated any oversteer. The new engine for the flagship model was the same basic unit used in McLaren's F1, albeit a little de-tuned with just under half the output at 300bhp (223kW). In the 850 it was designed to be understressed, smooth and quiet. The swoopy coupe body used pillarless construction but to make up for the loss in strength, it featured longitudinal roll-over bars built into the roof. The underbody was smoothed also, helping produce the excellent 0.29 drag coefficient.

BMW 850i Specifications

Top Speed:160 mph (256 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.4 sec
Engine type:V12
Displacement:304 ci (4,988 cc)
Transmission:Six-speed manual
Max power:300 bhp (224 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:335 lb ft (456 Nm) @ 4,100 rpm
Weight:4,149 lb (1,886 kg)
Economy:20 mpg (7.1 km/I)

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