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I’ve been waiting since the 1990s for this moment. The majestic and chiselled shape with understated brashness of the V8 and V12 powered E31 8 Series was an assault on all of my youthful senses.

Twenty-nine years later I have the keys to a brand new iteration of one of BMW’s most illustrious and elusive badges in my hand and I’m recoiling. It’s the fault of the garish Sunset Orange hue and blacked out wheels fitted to our test unit...

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