The BMW E31 is a luxury grand tourer coupe produced by BMW from 1989 to 1999. It was the flagship model of BMW’s lineup and is often referred to as the 8 Series. The E31 was designed to be a high-performance and luxurious car that could compete with other luxury GT cars such as the Mercedes-Benz SL.
The BMW E31 was available with a range of engines, including a 4.0-liter V8, a 5.0-liter V12, and a 5.6-liter V12. The V12 engines were paired with either a 4-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission, while the V8 was only available with the automatic. The E31 also featured BMW’s first use of electronic drive-by-wire throttle control, which provided smoother and more precise throttle response.
The E31 was known for its advanced technology, including a digital dashboard and an innovative multi-link rear suspension. The car also featured a range of luxury amenities such as a high-end sound system, leather seats, and a sunroof.
The BMW E31 was discontinued in 1999 after a decade of production due to slow sales and high costs. However, it remains a popular choice for collectors and car enthusiasts who appreciate its unique blend of luxury, performance, and advanced technology.