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Still, 15 years later, the BMW E31 looks as fresh and frightening as it did the day it rolled off the assembly line. The big, brutish hardtop is sexy from every angle and somehow manages to make flip-up headlights look cool. It should’ve been awesome, but it wasn’t because of the V12.
The 4.0-liter variant wasn’t bad, but the big draw should’ve been the 850i with the M70B50 5.0-liter V12 was a disappointment from the get-go. Essentially two M20 inline sixes fused together at 60 degrees, but very few of the parts from the M20s cross over to the M70. The engine requires individual ECUs for each cylinder bank, and it weighs in at 522 pounds. Still a badass looking car, but performance-wise, it was a disappointment.