The BMW M2 and the Porsche 718 Cayman are quite different, but both are each ...
The BMW M2 and the Porsche 718 Cayman are quite different, but both are each brand’s the most affordable performance car. That makes them a good matchup for the track battle, even if one is the mid-engine, two-seat sports car, and the other is the front-engine sports coupe.
These vehicles may never be cross-shopped, but it is interesting to see them vying for victory. Autocar got together a manual-equipped Porsche 718 Cayman S and the BMW M2 for some hot laps around Blyton Park in the UK.
The BMW M2 is cheaper and offers more power and torque than the Porsche 718 Cayman, but the Porsche 718 Cayman counters with lower weight and a more balanced mid-engine layout. Ultimately the Porsche 718 Cayman takes the BMW M2, but you’ve gotta give the BMW M2 credit.
The Porsche 718 Cayman rides on a bespoke sports car chassis, while the BMW’s Motorsport division had to work hard to turn the 2-Series into the serious performance car.
We will just have to set up the rematch when BMW finishes that more hardcore M2 it has been testing. So, which of these two German sports coupes is faster around the track, and which of them is more fun?
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