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Compare the2024 BMW M8VS 2023 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

2024 BMW M8
2023 Mercedes AMG E-Class Sedan

Safety

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The BMW M8 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 AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a front passenger side knee airbag.

The M8 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 AMG E-Class Sedan 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 M8’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the AMG E-Class Sedan.

Both the M8 and the AMG E-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The M8’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the M8 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, air filter replacements, cabin filter replacement, brake fluid replacement, inspections, and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG E-Class Sedan.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2023 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. With 9 fewer problems per 100 vehicles, JD Power ranks BMW higher than Mercedes.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Mercedes is rated below average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2023 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW third in overall reliability. Mercedes is ranked 24th.

Engine

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The M8’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 188 more horsepower (617 vs. 429) and 169 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 384) than the AMG E 53’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid. The M8’s 4.4 turbo V8 produces 14 more horsepower (617 vs. 603) than the AMG E 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid.

As tested in Car and Driver the BMW M8 is faster than the AMG E 63 S 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid:

M8

AMG E-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

2.7 sec

3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.5 sec

7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.7 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.5 sec

2.7 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

129 MPH

126 MPH

Top Speed

190 MPH

186 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the M8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG E-Class Sedan:

M8

M8 CCB

AMG E 53

AMG E 63 S CCB

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

16 inches

14.6 inches

15.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

The M8 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 AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M8 stops shorter than the AMG E-Class Sedan:

M8

AMG E-Class Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the M8 has larger tires than the AMG E-Class Sedan (F:275/35R20 & R:285/35R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20). The M8’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG E-Class Sedan (275/35R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The M8’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG E 53’s standard 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the AMG E 53.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the M8 is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the AMG E-Class Sedan.

The M8 Gran Coupe handles at 1.02 G’s, while the AMG E 63 S pulls only 1.01 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the M8 Competition Coupe’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the AMG E-Class Sedan’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The M8 Gran Coupe is 3.4 inches shorter than the AMG E 53, making the M8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is quieter than the AMG E 63 S:

M8

AMG E-Class Sedan

Full-Throttle

84 dB

84 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space

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The M8 Gran Coupe has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the AMG E-Class Sedan (100 vs. 97).

The M8 Gran Coupe has 3.1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear legroom than the AMG E-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The M8 Gran Coupe has a much larger trunk than the AMG E-Class Sedan (15.5 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the M8’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The AMG E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 17% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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Laser headlights, standard on the M8, produce their light by firing blue lasers through phosphorus, a process that uses one-half the power of the AMG E-Class Sedan’s LED headlights. Laser headlights can have double the range of LEDs with a much smaller surface area.

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