In 1989 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has revealed the 8-Series model. These days, the German iconic coupe is celebrating the 25th anniversary and this is why, the BMW officials are taking a look back at their special model.
At the launch, the BMW 8-Series was described as the world’s greatest sport coupes with unique elegance and impressive performances. "The BMW 8-Series was designed to challenge to the world’s finest sports coupes with a design oozing avant-garde elegance, arresting performance attributes, an exceptional wealth of innovations and a sprinkling of exclusive luxury", is said in the official statement. 
When the BMW 8-Series coupe was launched, it featured a 5.0 liter V12 engine clocked at 300 horsepower and 450 Nm peak of torque. The 8-Series had 1.790 kilograms and the acceleration from zero to 100 km/h was done in 6.8 seconds. 
In 1993, BMW has introduced two new versions of the 8-Series. The 840 Ci which had a 4.0 liter V8 engine with 286 horsepower and about the 850 CSi which had a 5.6 liter V12 unit rated at 381 horsepower and 550 Nm peak of torque.  In 1994, BMW made a downsizing decision, and they have replaced the 5.6 engine with a 5.4 unit rated at 326 HP. 
In 1999, BMW ended the production of the 8-Series. The German manufacturer built a total of 30.621 units and more than two thirds of them were equipped with the V12 engine. Unfortunately, only one in six had a manual gearbox. 

Source: BMW