The 2021 Porsche 718 is widely considered the crown jewel of sports cars. It’s astounding top speed, acceleration, array of design options and beautiful exterior make it desired by many. But how does it compare to the BMW 8 Series, a car with a near six figure price that has a tremendous M8, host of luxury features, and some of the best handling the industry has ever seen?
Design & Style
The BMW 8 Series utilizes a Gran Coupe design with four doors, but buyers also have the option of a convertible or coupe. The exterior is long and jagged with straight edges in some places and smooth curves in others. There are many wheel choices available and all of them look great. The cabin features a boxy central stack with a ten inch touchscreen on top of the dash. The upholstery looks good in bold or light hues. Visually, the Porsche 718 is fabulous, a real master class in design. Its exterior is curvier than the BMW 8 Series, but is 100 percent aerodynamic and built for speed and maneuverability. Within the cabin, passengers will be presented with a broad central console with an assortment of buttons. The seats are soothing to the touch and each surface is covered in polished metal, leather or natural wood.
Technology & Safety
A car as fast as the Porsche 718 needs to be safe to handle, and it is. Buyers will be protected by multiple countermeasures, including parking assistance, blind area monitoring, cruise control and emergency automated brakes. Luxuries within its cabin are extensive, and include climate control which is dual zone, Apple CarPlay compatibility, mirrors which automatically dim, heated seats that can be powered adjusted, and 7 inch touchscreens. The BMW 8 Series is outfitted with most of the safety features found in the Porsche 718, including lane departure notifications, driver assistance, cruise control that is adaptive, and a system for handling traffic jams. Luxuries within its cabin include premium audio, climate control, powered and ventilated seats, and smartphone compatibility.
The BMW 8 Series offers truly formidable performance. Those who purchase the turbo 6, 3 liter engine will get 225 horsepower with the ability to accelerate from zero to sixty in just 4.7 seconds. The Porsche 718 GT4 or Spyder can generate 414 horsepower with the ability to accelerate from zero to sixty in about 4.2 seconds.
The Bottom Line
The Porsche 718 and BMW 8 Series are nearly tied for every metric. But the difference is that the Porsche has a distinct edge in overall performance with a greater host of safety features, making the 718 the winner.
Ready to Schedule a Porsche 718 Test Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche 718 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche 718 test drive appointment.
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