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Compare the2023 BMW 8 Series Gran CoupeVS 2023 Maserati Ghibli

2023 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
2023 Maserati Ghibli

Safety

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Ghibli doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the 8 Series Gran Coupe and the Ghibli have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Ghibli’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 8 Series Gran Coupe for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ghibli.

There are over 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s reliability 20 points higher than the Ghibli.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Maserati vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in initial quality. With 90 more problems per 100 vehicles, Maserati is rated below average.

Engine

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe has more powerful engines than the Ghibli:

Horsepower

Torque

M850i Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

Alpina B8 Gran Coupe 4.4 turbo V8

612 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli GT 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli Modena 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Ghibli Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

572 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the 840i Gran Coupe 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder is faster than the Ghibli Modena 3.0 turbo V6:

8 Series Gran Coupe

Ghibli

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104.9 MPH

104.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 8 Series Gran Coupe gets better mileage than the Ghibli:

MPG

8 Series Gran Coupe

RWD

840i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

AWD

840i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Ghibli

RWD

Modena 3.0 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

GT 3.0 turbo V6

18 city/25 hwy

3.8 turbo V8

13 city/20 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe higher (3 out of 10) than the Maserati Ghibli (1 to 3). This means the 8 Series Gran Coupe produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ghibli every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ghibli:

8 Series Gran Coupe

Ghibli Modena

Ghibli Trofeo

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

14.2 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15.7 inches

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The 840i Gran Coupe’s standard 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghibli’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the 8 Series Gran Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Ghibli doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe M550i/Alpina B8 has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe M550i/Alpina B8 offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Maserati doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Ghibli.

The 840i Gran Coupe xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the Ghibli Modena Q4 pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 840i Gran Coupe xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Ghibli Modena Q4 (25.1 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 25.5 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the 8 Series Gran Coupe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ghibli doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The 8 Series Gran Coupe has .3 inches more front headroom, 4.4 inches more front legroom and 3.4 inches more rear legroom than the Ghibli.

Cargo Capacity

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Pulling a handle automatically lowers the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Ghibli doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 8 Series offers cargo security. The Ghibli’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Ghibli, the 8 Series Gran Coupe has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe has a standard heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer, warning and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Ghibli doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the 8 Series Gran Coupe the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Ghibli can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s LED headlights produce a white, bright light using less electricity than the Ghibli’s standard xenon high intensity discharge (HID) headlights. HID headlights can be slow to reach full brightness or power cycle, causing issues when flashing them to signal other vehicles; LED headlights light instantly. LED lights also last about three to four times as long.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are standard in the 8 Series Gran Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Ghibli doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Ghibli doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The BMW 8 Series comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Maserati Ghibli isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

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The BMW 8 Series outsold the Maserati Ghibli by over four to one during 2022.

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