2020 Nissan 370Z vs. 2020 BMW M8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 370Z 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 and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the 370Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 370Z’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Transmission

The 370Z offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The M8 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

The 370Z has a standard 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 M8; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the 370Z’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the M8’s (32.8 feet vs. 39 feet). The 370Z Sport/NISMO’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the M8’s (34.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan 370Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 950 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW M8.

The 370Z is 1 foot, 11.7 inches shorter than the M8, making the 370Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Nissan 370Z amounts to more than styling. The 370Z has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .3 Cd (optional .29 Cd with Sport). That is lower than the M8 (.33). A more efficient exterior helps the 370Z go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the 370Z get better fuel mileage.

The 370Z Sport/Sport Touring/NISMO/50th Anniversary Edition 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.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan 370Z, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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