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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Quick Specs
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 a mid-engine superhero in a suit and tie. Its performance is blinding, even compared to high-dollar exotics.
The 2019 Acura NSX drops supercar performance numbers in a gas-electric, typically offbeat tour de force.
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   
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
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
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeSedan
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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