1997 BMW 8-Series

  • 1997 BMW 8-Series 840Ci Coupe

    840Ci Coupe

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      4.4L V8
    • MSRP
  • 1997 BMW 8-Series 850Ci Coupe

    850Ci Coupe

    • MAX MPG
    • SEATS
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V12
    • MSRP
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1997 BMW 8-Series Review

Extremely stylish with a huge price tag.

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The 1997 BMW 8-Series is fully loaded with plenty of gadgets and luxury items. Styling is extremely sporty, even if the interior is a bit cramped. It also has plenty of power under the hood, but this leads to poor fuel economy. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any crash test data, but most similar BMWs perform well in crash test ratings and are typically viewed as safe cars. Overall, it's a fancy car, but it isn't as valuable as many less expensive cars. Even BMW offers better deals than the 840Ci and 850Ci.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 4.4-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-12
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: BMW 8-Series 840Ci, BMW 8-Series 850Ci

What's New

The 1997 BMW 8-Series receives more powerful engines, making the 840Ci and 850Ci more suited for its sporty looks. Five-speed Steptronic is also standard for this year. Other than this, there are no major updates for 1997.


The 1997 BMW 8-Series is extremely sporty and attractive and features a keyless entry system, rear ski bag, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a power sunroof. Tinted windows are also standard fare with eight standard color options and metallic paints available. Forged alloy wheels are also an option.


The 1997 BMW 8-Series is loaded with great luxury features. Unfortunately, the interior lacks passenger space, making it a cramped ride, especially for taller adults. Interior features include a trip computer, heated leather seats, automatic climate control, and air-conditioning. The stereo system includes a compact disc changer and Napa audio, and a cellular phone is also standard.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 BMW 8-Series options offer plenty of engine power, which leads to an overall effect is a sporty car that underperforms. The poor gas economy in the V-12 equipped in the 850Ci makes the power improvement a tradeoff for cost effectiveness. Handling is good, as to be expected from a BMW, and greatly benefits from standard traction and stability control.


The 1997 BMW 8-Series comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) for powerful stopping. Driver and passenger airbags and fogs lights that help with visibility are also standard fare. Additionally, it features stability and traction control for great control on the road, and an anti-theft alarm system is also standard to help ward off criminals. Unfortunately, there have not been any extensive crash tests at this time.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW 8-Series 840Ci: 15/20 mpg city/highway
BMW 8-Series 850Ci: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Styling
  • BMW quality
  • Powerful engine
  • Fully loaded

You Won't Like

  • Price
  • No safety ratings

Sum Up

Extremely stylish with a huge price tag.

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