I saw a BMW 8 series yesterday and had a badge on the back that said K55.
There was also a V12 badge on it.
Can anyone enlighten me?
1991 Racing Dynamics special edition.
Racing Dynamics K55 Sport Coupe
BMW tuner Racing Dynamics of Italy in 1991 produced a special version of the 8 Series dubbed the K55 Sport Coupe taken from the standard production line. The K55 5.5 Coupe was based on the 850i, powered by the 5.0-liter M70 that was stroked to 5.5 liters, new valves, camshafts lifters and intakes along with extrude honed heads. The one US version engine producing 475 bhp (354 kW; 482 PS) and the Euro version producing 401 bhp (299 kW). 40 K55s were produced for the Euro market and one in the US. In addition to engine modifications, The K55 offered a variety of body, suspensions, rear end options. References 02/1994 Euro Magazine Road & Track, Car and Driver
However, there is no verification of 475 hp (354 kW) produced by this car by Racing Dynamics. The K55 produces 380 hp (280 kW) and 405 ft·lbf (549 N·m) of torque as listed in the 02/1994 Euro car magazine. Racing Dynamics' own website lists the K55 at 401 hp (299 kW).
The 475 hp (354 kW) was declared by AutoThority (as listed in the said Road and Track article) who are no longer in business in their original capacity. The 475 hp (354 kW) claim was never verified.
So you saw a 1-off bimmer with a 12 cylinder stroker.
Modified by deucestudios at 10:51 AM 2-14-2009
Quote, originally posted by deucestudios » So you saw a 1-off bimmer with a 12 cylinder stroker.
Or at least an 8-series with a badge....
I so love those cars, I had no idea they were made through '99, now maybe I have a chance of finding one some day.
Modified by VWGolfDriv3r at 9:57 AM 2-14-2009
Quote, originally posted by VWGolfDriv3r » Or at least an 8-series with a badge....
Possible, although I just tried searching out a K55 badge to no avail. I guess someone could have come up with one somewhere though... Also, at this point, I guess it could have been one of the euro's imported.
I was unaware that there's a K55 e36 also. Same engine
hey everyone i see your all talking about the k55 91 bmw 8 series. I happen to have one in my poession. Its a v12, bmw 8 series built in 1991. I live in new york, and i still havnt seen a k55 8 series, ive seen many other 8 series but not the k55. The car is a lion. It looks like a flower but stings like a bee, u can be going 60 mph in that car but feel like ur going about 120. Also, to the people earlier the car is listed as 475 horsepower because the engine it self has 475 horsepower but by the time it reaches the rear wheels it dies down to about 375-401 beacuse of the immense weight of the car. here is my website if u scroll down the left side of the page and look for a link called my car it will show u pictures of my car and the magizines it has been it. http://www.e31parts.com
I now have moved but I used to pass one every single day on my way to work. Took me forever to figure out what kind of BMW it was since I was passing it I never got to see the back of it. It was blue and always in amazing shape. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
Modified by YEAHTOM at 7:25 AM 4-8-2009
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Hi guys i just saw this post, i actually am the owner of this 1991 Bmw 850 K55 Racing dynamics v12 monster. If you guys want some pictures let me know i can post them, i believe i am 1 of 50 and the only one that is actually in the usa all other 49 are in europe. My car was also featured on all the magizines.
haha i understand its two years later, but i will post a new threat with pictures, i am the sole owner of the 1 and only k55 racing dynamics 8 series bmw, yes the one that was featured on car and drive and all those other magizings, i have all the original's + original photos that were taken pre magizine.
If you look up k55 bmw 8 series on google, you will see only one was produced in the usa while 40 being produced in europe. Its an honor to have this car. i have 25,000 original miles on the car, i originally had it had 13,000 but i had to use it as an everyday driver to make it back and fourth to work due the ****ty economy, so instead of getting rid of it i used my 9mpg gas guzzling v12 as my everyday hahaaa.....
Should i post them in here or start another thread?