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
#10 in Coupes
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2020 Audi R82020 Audi R8
2019 Acura NSX2019 Acura NSX
#4 in Coupes
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2019 Mercedes-Benz S Class
#1 in Coupes
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2019 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2019 Aston Martin DB11
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2019 Bentley Continental GT2019 Bentley Continental GT
Quick Specs
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Bigger, bulkier, bawdier: The 2019 BMW 8-Series bucks all Bavaria’s typical instincts and revels in its life choices.
The 2020 Audi R8 is meticulous in its performance, a thrilling supercar without pretense.
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The 2019 Acura NSX drops supercar performance numbers in a gas-electric, typically offbeat tour de force.
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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     
$111,900N/A$157,500$91,250$201,495N/A
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8N/ATwin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded W-12
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsN/ATwo-SeatersLarge CarsMinicompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
M850i xDrive CoupeN/ACoupeS 450 SedanVolanteGT Coupe
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveN/AAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
4N/A2544
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeN/ACoupeSedanV8 2dr ConvertibleCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODN/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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