2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 BMW 8 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Camaro and the 8 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 8 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 8 Series ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 127 more horsepower (650 vs. 523) and 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 553) than the 8 Series’ 4.4 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The 8 Series requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 8 Series (19 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Camaro offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Chevrolet Camaro, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 8 Series.

Brakes and Stopping

The Camaro stops much shorter than the 8 Series:

 

Camaro

8 Series

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

161 feet

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Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 8 Series’ 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the M850i xDrive Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The Camaro ZL1’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1150 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the 8 Series Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (93 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Convertible.

Recommendations

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The 8 Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 8 Series has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The 8 Series has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The 8 Series has never been chosen.

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