2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 BMW 8 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the F-Type 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 8 Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 8 Series (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).


The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 27 more horsepower (550 vs. 523) than the 8 Series’ 4.4 turbo V8. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 52 more horsepower (575 vs. 523) than the 8 Series’ 4.4 turbo V8.

Brakes and Stopping

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 8 Series doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the 8 Series:


8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 8 Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 8 Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 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 F-Type’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (35 feet vs. 39 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (37 feet vs. 39 feet).


The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 900 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

The F-Type SVR is 1 foot, 3 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Model Availability

The F-Type is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.


The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The 8 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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