- Aug 21, 2015
- Reaction score
True, down the the S-VIN (vs. W for non-M cars, at least in that era - the late 80's was the introduction-point for that distinction).The CSi was a special thing - it’s really the only true M8 (as opposed to the current one that’s a rebadged M6). Limited production too. I never got to drive it, but I seriously geeked out over it.
The difference between the Ci and CSi is significant - goes from a lux coupe to a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing kind of thing. Not exotic, but it's going to answer the bell when your right foot makes a decision, and sounds pretty darn good too.With that said, we had a 850ci in the family (MIL’s BF) for awhile and that thing would be seriously outgunned today, even by regular cars. I suppose you could say that for any 20 year old car, though - but the BMW’s of that generation really feel it because they aren’t tuned to have torque
I wouldn’t mind one today, but would want it more for the cool factor, which it has in spades, than for anything else.
I wish BMW had made the M8 - they were being a bit indecisive about the ///M line, and of course the economy wasn't doing well at all around that time either - but it would have been an interesting car. At the last show I went to a guy brought the Alpina version (B12 I think), that was a pretty sexy beast:
(though I'm pretty sure that it's an auto, which seems to be Alpina's preference, so not really the M8-that-never-was in my mind)