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2019 BMW 8-Series vs. Its Competition

2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

BMW’s true two-door rival might be an AMG GT, but the two-door S-Class coupe and cabriolet are in conversation with the 8-Series, and have better back-seat accommodations.

The Audi R8’s on a lifeline in the U.S., and it’s only fitted with two seats—but the thrill of its V-10 engine is unrivaled here.

Aston’s DB11 costs considerably more and has a slightly firmer edge, while the Bentley’s twice-the-price interior is accurately reflected in its sticker.

The Acura NSX might appeal to the tech influencers who lean toward BMW too; its exotic hybrid hardware and stellar shape feel more akin to BMW’s i8 spaceship, though.

2019 BMW 8-Series (M850i xDrive)2019 BMW 8-Series
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Quick Specs
6.8
Bigger, bulkier, bawdier: The 2019 BMW 8-Series bucks all Bavaria’s typical instincts and revels in its life choices.
6.6
The 2020 Audi R8 is a mid-engine superhero in a suit and tie. Its performance is blinding, even compared to high-dollar exotics.
7.4
The 2019 Acura NSX drops supercar performance numbers in a gas-electric, typically offbeat tour de force.
7.8
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers effortless power, sublime handling, scads of safety features, and the incontrovertible impression of wealth, tastefully applied.
MSRP From   
$111,900$169,900$157,500$91,250
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-10Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersLarge Cars
Style Name   
M850i xDrive CoupeV10 quattroCoupeS 450 Sedan
Drivetrain   
All WheelAll WheelAll WheelRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4225
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2019 BMW 8-Series vs. 2020 Audi R82019 BMW 8-Series vs. 2019 Acura NSX2019 BMW 8-Series vs. 2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class