Camaro

8 Series

70 to 0 MPH

140 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 8 Series (F:305/30R19 & R:325/30R19 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:275/30R20).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 8 Series’ 35 series front tires.

The Camaro 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

The Camaro ZL1 1LE Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the M850i xDrive Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Camaro’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The Camaro ZL1’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 8 Series’ (38.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Camaro may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 1150 pounds less than the BMW 8 Series.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Camaro Coupe a Compact car, while the 8 Series Coupe is rated a Subcompact.

The Camaro Coupe has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 8 Series (93 vs. 81).

The Camaro Coupe has 1.8 inches more front legroom, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Coupe.

The Camaro Convertible has 1.8 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom and 4.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the 8 Series Convertible.

Recommendations

The Camaro was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 3 of the last 4 years. The 8 Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The 8 Series has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The 8 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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