Photo Comparison: BMW 8 Series Convertible vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

8 Series | November 1st, 2018 by 18
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Now that BMW has an 8 Series Cabriolet, the first of its kind, the Bavarians have a car to compete with the rest of the higher-end luxury convertibles on the market. Cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, Bentley Continental GT Cabriolet and Aston Martin DB11 Volante. Admittedly, those last two are uber-expensive, almost double the price of the former two. Which is why the Bimmer and the Benz are the main two competitors in this segment.

But which one is better looking? It’s a bit tricky because the two cars are a bit different in scope. The BMW 8 Series Convertible (seen here in M850i-guise) is a bit sportier, while the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet (S560 in these photos) is more luxurious. Still, both are GT cars with similar price tags, even though the Benz is about $12,000 more. So let’s take a look at the two cars to see which is the better looking high-end GT car.

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In profile, both are great looking cars. It’s clear that the 8 Series Convertible is the sports car of the two, while the S-Class Cabriolet is the more luxurious. The Bimmer has a sportier stance, is more muscular and has a subtle integrated decklid spoiler at the back that makes it seem athletic. While the Benz is smooth, flowing and seductive in its own way. Personally, the 8 Series is more my style so I’d have to go with it, as I like sportier cars more than luxury cars, but I couldn’t blame anyone for choosing the Benz. Both are very pretty.

Again, the 8 Series is much sportier looking than the Benz, with an angrier face and more angular headlights. Compared to the Benz’s more jewel-like headlights and upright hood. Again, it’s really a matter of personal preference. I have a hard time choosing because I really like the look of both. I’d probably lean more toward the Bimmer, only because sporty is my usual preference.

Out back, it’s a bit easier for me to decide. The 8 Series looks really good from behind, with sharp looking taillights and muscular rear haunches. While the S-Class isn’t bad looking by any means, I’ve just never personally warmed to the rear end design language of modern Mercedes’. They all just look a bit dumpy to me, like they’ve all done a poo in their pants.

Inside the two cars, it’s again a tale of two goals. The 8 Series Convertible has an interior more befitting a sports car and the S-Class is more luxurious. I think the Benz is at a disadvantage in these photos, due to its Vanilla Ice interior color scheme, because it’s actually a very nice looking cabin in most other colors. It’s interesting, though, because the 8 Series Convertible’s cabin is more simply laid out, a bit easier on the eyes and much sportier but it lacks a bit of the presence, a bit of the flair, that you might expect fomr a car costing so much. Like it or not, the Benz has all of the flair. In fact, it’s wearing all 37 pieces of flair (two points to whoever understood that reference).

Overall, it’s really hard to choose between these two cars. They’re both very good looking in their own ways. The 8 Series Convertible is sportier and more dynamic looking while the S-Class Cabrio is more elegant and more luxurious. We won’t comment on how they drive, because we haven’t driven either, but, in terms of pure looks, I think it really comes down to your style. If you like sportier looking GT cars, go for the 8er. If you like more elegant, traditional GT cars, go for the Benz.

18 responses to “Photo Comparison: BMW 8 Series Convertible vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    8 series all day looks so beautiful

  2. PK says:

    Mercedes Benz looks sexy in white or any bright colors! BMW looks sexy in Black or any dark colors. They should stay to that tradition!

  3. mod9 says:

    For me, Mercedes is the better looking car.

    • Arunabh says:

      I too feel the same. Had this 8 been with a 6 badge it would have been considered job very well done.

      Now, with the 8 badge it looks like job done just for the sake of it.

  4. Arunabh says:

    Trust Nico for coming up with most objectively written articles. Great one, as usual.

  5. Giom says:

    My main criticism to the 8 is the rear end design. It seems overly busy and untidy. But for the rest, the 8 takes them all. Inside and out.

  6. danielzain says:

    The 8 looks more dynamic and memorable on the exterior; the S looks more memorable on the inside. Both look amazing though.

  7. Senne says:

    I’ve always liked the S Class Coupe and Convertible. However, the 8 Series is definitely way more dynamic and sporty. It’s a true BMW, whereas the Merc is a true Mercedes, if that makes sense. And therefore, I love the 8 Series design, both inside and out and would take it any time over the S Class.

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