2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 BMW 8 Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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).

Engine

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The F-Type R’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 52 more horsepower (575 vs. 523) than the M850i’s optional 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type R is faster than the M850i:

F-Type

8 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.7 MPH

113.7 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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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:

F-Type

8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

111 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type R’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

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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.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the M850i xDrive Convertible pulls only .97 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (34.9 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the 8 Series xDrive’s (37 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 850 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

The F-Type is 1 foot, 3.2 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 8 Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $130 to $5440 less than the 8 Series over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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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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