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The ultimate E31 is always worth a look – this particular one deserves rather more than one
Cost New £79,750 Price £58,995
BMW 850CSI (E31)
On sale at: Munich Legends
Engine: 5576cc, 12-cyl, SOHC
Transmission: RWD, 6-speed manual
Top speed: 155mph
Choose your BMW E31
1990: The model is launched with the 5.0-litre M70B50 V12 850i, which is good for 296bhp. You could choose from a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.
1992: 4.0-litre V8 version called the 840Ci available, with 282bhp available. Same gearbox options as 850i. Around this time the 850i's engine was phased out as the M73B54, 5.4-litre V12 was introduced on the 850Ci. The new engine provided 322bhp. 850CSI launched with six-speed manual only, 375bhp and much sportier characteristics.
1995: 840Ci now has 4.4-litre V8; 850Ci gets 5-speed auto.
1999: Production ends.