BMW 745i E23
In 1983, BMW South Africa presented a special and significant car they called the 745i. It got its power from a naturally aspirated M88 engine from the famous M1 supercar. The six-cylinder engine produced 286 HP. In fact, it was one of the hottest engines from BMW that found its way into the biggest, most luxurious sedan in their lineup.
That’s quite an unusual combination, even by today’s standards, but 745i turned out to be a fast and capable car. It was even good enough to go racing. In an extremely interesting turn of events, the big 745i won the South African touring car championship, becoming the first 7 Series sedan to win a major race series.