In 1989, the original BMW 8 series convinced with revolutionary technology and innovative design. More than 30 years later, the legendary, top-of-the-range coupe meets its successor: the four-door BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.

The past and present meet in the BMW Group Classic area. BMW's legendary 8 Series, first built in 1989, first rolls out onto the yard – in bright red.

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More than 30 years ago, the 8 Series was the crowning glory of BMW’s model range. The series combined the best of technology, design, and aerodynamics of the time.

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The top model, the BMW 850CSi, had a 12-cylinder, 380 HP engine. The original Eight also had a self-steering rear axle and was the first car with networked control units, the DSC stability system.

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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has also inherited the DNA of the legendary classic. The “frozen blue stone metallic” paint emphasizes the elegant, sporty silhouette of the fresh interpretation.

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The journey through the Furka Pass is a particularly good place for experiencing the fine balance between sportiness and luxury – then and now.

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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe combines perfectly balanced sportiness and comfort, as is also evident in its elegant, driver-oriented interior.

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Play of contrasts. The elegant silhouette of the 8 Series Gran Coupe in front of a million-year-old rock formation on the Furka Pass.

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To be able to elegantly pull down the hood for that clean, sports car look, the developers chose the iconic pop-up headlights for the original Eight. Its cd value was also revolutionary: the first BMW to get below 0.3!

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Impressive from every perspective. The ride in the BMW 8 over the serpentines of the mountain road is deceleration with acceleration – then and now. In the background: the legendary Hotel Belvédère.

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Above the clouds... Take a deep breath for the two dream cars on the mountain pass high in the Swiss mountains.

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Time loop: The original 8 Series and its successor climb curve after curve through the Alpine pass.

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Back in Munich. In the end, a journey is not measured in kilometers, but in memories. And whether the classic or the new 8 Series, every trip remains unforgettable.

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MW 8 series: 2 generations of dream cars | BMW.com Story