2020 BMW 8-Series vs. Its Competition

2020 BMW 8-Series (840i)
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The BMW 8-Series could compete with everything from the Chevrolet Corvette to the Audi R8 supercar, but it most closely vies against two models from German rival Mercedes-Benz.

The AMG-GT comfortably fits four and was made for the track in coupe and convertible iterations, but the new 4-Door Coupe, which is more like a large bean-shaped hatchback, also contends.

The two-door S-Class coupe and cabriolet have more room for four and features a nicer interior than the 8-Series, but we’d really like to take the M8 and the S63 Coupe out on the track.

Any takers? Aston’s DB11 might be priced out of reach, especially since the V-12 is nearly double the M8, but there might not be a purer grand tourer.

On the other end of the spectrum is the gorgeous Lexus LC 500 coupe and, new for 2021, convertible.

The Acura NSX could be filed with the Audi R8 supercar or BMW’s own i8 somewhat supercar, but we’ll give the edge to the exquisite handling and cutting-edge tech of the NSX.

2020 BMW 8-Series (840i)2020 BMW 8-Series
#5 in Coupes
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2020 Acura NSX2020 Acura NSX
#5 in Coupes
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2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration2020 Lexus LC
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2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz S Class
#1 in Coupes
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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4-Door Coupe2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
#4 in Coupes
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Quick Specs
7.0
It’s back and the 2020 BMW 8-Series is available in any style except SUV. You go, BMW.
7.0
If you want a supercar that looks the part and drives the part but aren't smitten with the usual suspects in this class, the NSX is your kind of machine.
7.0
The 2020 Lexus LC will make any driveway look like a runway.
7.8
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the benchmark for large luxury sedans.
7.2
Powerful, track-ready, and comfortable, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe can do it all.
MSRP From    
$84,900$157,500$92,950$94,250$99,950
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Twin Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsTwo-SeatersSubcompact CarsLarge CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
840i Gran CoupeCoupeLC 500 RWDS 450 SedanAMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity    
52454
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanCoupeCoupeSedanHatchback
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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