2020 Mercedes AMG GT vs. 2020 BMW M8

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Safety

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Both the Mercedes AMG GT and the M8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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There are over 10 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the AMG GT’s warranty.

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 Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Mercedes AMG GT Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the M8 with its standard engine (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

Transmission

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The Mercedes AMG GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The M8 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the Mercedes AMG GT has larger standard rear tires than the M8 (295/30R19 vs. 285/35R20). The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the M8 (325/30R20 vs. 285/35R20).

The Mercedes AMG GT’s 295/30R19 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 standard 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mercedes AMG GT is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the M8.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (47% to 53%) than the M8’s (55.2% to 44.8%). This gives the Mercedes AMG GT more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Mercedes AMG GT’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the M8’s (37.7 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The Mercedes AMG GT is 1 foot shorter than the M8, making the Mercedes AMG GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Mercedes AMG GT Coupe has .6 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 23% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the M8, the Mercedes AMG GT has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the Mercedes AMG GT has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The M8 doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield, the Mercedes AMG GT offers optional extendable sun visors. The M8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The M8 has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes AMG GT outsold the BMW 8 Series by 33% during the 2019 model year.

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