BMW has just released a cool retrospective video of the E31 8 Series, naming it the most successful German twelve-cylinder coupe ever. The three and a half minute clip focuses on Niels Hamann, a long-time 8er admirer turned BMW product manager, as he talks through the E31’s long list of pioneering technologies.

The list includes an aerodynamically sculptured shape that made it the first car with a drag coefficient of less than 0.3 (this was back in 1989), B-pillarless design that led to having seat belts integrated into the front seats, steering-linked rear suspension and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the last of which is now standard across the BMW range.

It may seem like an odd time to revisit the E31 BMW 8 Series, 14 years after its production ceased in 1999. Until that is, you draw connections to the recently unveiled BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept – a modern interpretation of a V12 BMW luxury coupe that draws inspiration from the great Eight.

Sheer coincidence? We think not.