2021 Lexus LC Series vs. 2020 BMW M8

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LC Series have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW M8 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the LC Series and the M8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the LC Series 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’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 18th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

LC Series

RWD

500h 3.5 DOHC 6 cyl.

26 city/34 hwy

500 5.0 DOHC V8

19 city/25 hwy

500 Convertible 5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/25 hwy

M8

RWD

Convertible 4.4 twin-turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

Coupe 4.4 twin-turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

Gran Coupe 4.4 twin-turbo V8

15 city/21 hwy

The LC Series’ standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the M8 (21.7 vs. 20.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The LC Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the M8 (22.2 vs. 20.1 gallons).

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus LC Series, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the M8.

The LC 500h has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The M8 doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LC Series offers optional 21-inch wheels. The M8’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the LC Series 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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the LC Series’ wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the M8 (113 inches vs. 111.3 inches).

The LC Series’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the M8’s (55.2% to 44.8%). This gives the LC Series more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the LC Series Active Rear Steering’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the M8’s (34.8 feet vs. 39 feet). The LC Series’ turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the M8’s (35.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The LC Series is 4.4 inches shorter than the M8, making the LC Series easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The LC Series Convertible 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the LC 500h is quieter than the M8 Competition Coupe:

LC Series

M8

At idle

42 dB

48 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

85 dB

Passenger Space

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The LC Series has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M8 (85.9 vs. 81).

The LC Series has 3 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

The LC Series Convertible has .5 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Convertible.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than BMW. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 34% lower rating, BMW is ranked 11th.

Ergonomics

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The LC Series’ standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them, but the driver can still raise and lower both of them with the lock engaged. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the M8’s standard power windows.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the LC Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LC Series will cost $2610 to $4485 less than the M8 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus LC Series will be $32242 to $48700 less than for the BMW M8.

Recommendations

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

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