Mercedes-AMG GT S vs BMW i8 – Comparison

BMW i | August 19th, 2015 by 15
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Drive.com Australia test drives and compares the Mercedes-AMG GT S and the BMW i8 hybrid sportscar. The GT S is the second car developed completely …

Drive.com Australia test drives and compares the Mercedes-AMG GT S and the BMW i8 hybrid sportscar.

The GT S is the second car developed completely in-house at AMG in Affalterbach, following the SLS AMG, and it’s the company’s latest supercar. The GT is a front mid-engine design centered around its biturbo 4.0 liter V8 engine which produces 456 horsepower, with the GT S version outputting 503 horsepower. Mercedes says it hits 60 mph from a standstill in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 193 mph.

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BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

Both supercars come with an exciting exterior design, easily recognizable and admired.

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BMW i8: From $299,000 plus on-road costs. 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo/electric motor; 266kW/570Nm; six-speed automatic; 2.1 liters per 100km; AWD.

Mercedes AMG GT S: From $295,000 plus on-road costs. 4.0-litre V8, twin turbochargers; 375kW/650Nm; 7-speed dual-clutch, 9.4 liters per 100km; RWD.

The Aussies looked at the two cars from a value, design and driving dynamics perspective, and here is what they concluded.

Verdict

BMW: Very probably the future of high performance cars and proof that the hybrid is more than the stop-gap many thought it would be.

AMG: Big, brawny, take-no-prisoners coupe that stirs the soul. Doesn’t feel like a science experiment which, at this money, is crucial.

Winner: AMG

Here is the full review here.

15 responses to “Mercedes-AMG GT S vs BMW i8 – Comparison”

  1. Jack says:

    The thing about this comparison is the i8 is at its infancy in terms of its choice power train technology and development, whereas the AMG GT S is about as developed as a Mercedes is going to be with its choice power train. For pure thrills, I would probably go with the AMG GT S as well.

  2. Giom says:

    I agree with you Jack. Tho, I must add that BMW did a fantastic job for a first of series. I’d probably choose the i8 simply because it seems so far ahead while the AMG seems so ‘been there like all others before me’.

  3. Brendan Smith says:

    i8’s are not $299,000… They’re $140,000. And that’s one of the many things I love about it. It’s in the same conversation as a P1 and 918 and they are million dollars

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