2020 Infiniti Q60 vs. 2020 BMW M8

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q60 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The M8 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Q60 and the M8 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 all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Q60 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The M8’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q60 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the M8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 2 places higher in reliability than BMW.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Q60 gets better fuel mileage than the M8:

MPG

Q60

RWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

20 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

Red Sport 400 3.0 twin turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

M8

AWD

Auto

4.4 twin turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

Competition 4.4 twin turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

Tires and Wheels

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The Q60 Red Sport 400’s 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M8’s 35 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q60 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Q60’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the M8’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Q60 AWD’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the M8’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Infiniti Q60 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The Q60 is 7.4 inches shorter than the M8, making the Q60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Infiniti Q60 amounts to more than styling. The Q60 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is significantly lower than the M8 (.33). A more efficient exterior helps the Q60 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Q60 get better fuel mileage.

The Q60 Luxe/Sport/Red Sport 400 uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The M8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Q60 has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M8 (85.4 vs. 81).

The Q60 has 1 inch more front legroom, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom and 5.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 31% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The Q60’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M8’s standard power windows.

To shield the driver’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side window, the Q60 has a standard extendable sun visor. The M8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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The Q60 is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The M8 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The Infiniti Q60 outsold the BMW 8 Series by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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