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Compare the2024 Nissan ZVS 2024 BMW 8 Series

2024 Nissan Z
2024 BMW 8 Series

Safety

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The Z has a standard blind spot warning system that uses sensors to alert the driver to objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. A system to reveal vehicles in the 8 Series’ blind spot costs extra.

To help make backing out of a parking space safer, the Z has standard Rear Cross Traffic Alert, helping the driver avoid collisions. BMW charges extra for Cross Traffic Warning on the 8 Series.

Both the Z 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Z 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 8 Series. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 8 Series 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 Z’s warranty.

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 Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan above average in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is rated lower.

Engine

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The Z’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 65 more horsepower (400 vs. 335) than the 840i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Nissan Z higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW 8 Series (3). This means the Z produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 8 Series every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Z offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and sportiness. The 8 Series doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

A nine-speed automatic is available on the Nissan Z, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the 8 Series.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Z stops shorter than the 8 Series:

Z

8 Series

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Z NISMO’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:255/40R19 & R:285/35R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The Z has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 8 Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Z’s turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (32.8 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The Z’s turning circle is 6.2 feet tighter than the 8 Series xDrive’s (32.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Nissan Z may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 1000 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

The Z is 1 foot, 6.8 inches shorter than the 8 Series, making the Z easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Z Performance/NISMO uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 8 Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

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The Z’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. BMW does not offer a locking feature on the 8 Series’ standard power windows.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Z has standard extendable sun visors. The 8 Series doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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

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