Is the BMW M2 the Bavarian Porsche Cayman GT4?

BMW M2 | August 9th, 2016 by 10
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Being fun while going slow — that’s the most challenging thing for an automaker to do with a performance car. Anyone can add gobs of …

Being fun while going slow — that’s the most challenging thing for an automaker to do with a performance car. Anyone can add gobs of power, tons of grip and huge performance capability. Hell, Chevy’s been doing it for decades. But making a car that can be fun at normal speeds while also being able to handle performance extremes is an immense challenge. The reason is that, typically, incredibly powerful cars can be boring when driving at sane speeds.

The BMW M2, on the other hand, is fun at any speed. You don’t need a race track or unrestricted slice of road. All you need is the M2 and you can have some fun. That’s because BMW focused on how the M2 made its driver’s feel, rather than how fast it could go. And because of that fact, the BMW M2 could be the Bavarian Porsche Cayman GT4.

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Porsche has a future classic on its hands, with the Cayman GT4. Its mid-engine layout, hardcore suspension, modest power output and six-speed manual make it an absolute blast to drive. It could be on the local roads surround your house or Laguna Seca, it doesn’t matter. The Cayman GT4 is fun at any speed and on any road. Much like the BMW M2.

The M2 doesn’t have the mega power that its bigger M4 brother has. No, compared to that car’s 425 hp (444 with Comp. Pack), the M2 makes do with 365 hp. While it gets a lot of the same chassis components as the M4, its wheelbase is shorter and tires skinnier. That means that the M2 is just as tail-happy as the M4, but infinitely more controllable and neutral once it does slide. It’s a wonderfully balanced car, the M2. Plus, the BMW M2 feels like a proper BMW M car should, with its perfect size, metallic wailing engine and a six-speed manual.

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If you were to take your BMW M2 to the track, along with most other performance cars of this era, it wouldn’t be the fastest car there. But that doesn’t matter, because you’d be the driver having the most fun. Alongside Porsche Cayman GT4 owners, that is.

[Source: Road & Track]

10 responses to “Is the BMW M2 the Bavarian Porsche Cayman GT4?”

  1. JRobUSC says:

    No. The Cayman GT4 is sub-3000lb mid-engined track weapon that costs almost double an M2. BMW doesn’t make anything like that car, or like the Cayman, period. Maybe with the next Z4 (or Z5 or whatever they call it) they’ll have something that is at least quasi-similar from a weight standpoint, but for now the Porsche is the Porsche and the BMW is the BMW and the two aren’t similar.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      While i do agree that BMW doesn’t build a car like the GT4, well for the moment at least, the M2 is pretty similar to the 718 tbh. Just because one is front-engined and has a 6, and the other is mid-engined but 4 cylinder powered doesn’t mean that the experience is similar.

      And from what i’ve seen so far about these cars, it’s the same pure sport car formula but made with different point of views.

      • John says:

        The M2 is the “sportiest” version of BMW’s cheapest coupe, that was modified to be as close to a Cayman as possible. They’re not the same.

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          Not really, the M2 is more like the most driver-oriented version of BMW smallest coupe, that was modified to be as close to the 1M and the E46 M3 as possible.

          I’m not saying they are the same but much more that they serve the same purpose.

  2. TheBingoBalls says:

    From the standpoint of offering customers a vehicle that reflects the company, yes the M2 is to BMW what the GT4 is to Porsche.

    From everyone I’ve spoken to (via forums) and who have experience with Porsche, say that the Cayman is easily the best driving Porsche and has surpassed the 911. The 911 might have the name plate and it’s still a fine car, but if you’re looking for “simple” and “honest driving”, the Cayman in any trim is that.

    With the M2, nothing more needs to be said. The M3/M4 are still great cars but the M2 does it better in offering a better driving experience (as per owners and media).

    • John says:

      The difference being the Cayman was designed from day 1 to be an amazing performer, and an affordable track-ready sports car. The M2 is the fastest version of BMW’s smallest 2-door coupe.

      • TheBingoBalls says:

        You’re right. But that doesn’t remove the fact that the M2 is the closest car BMW currently has that reflects BMW dynamics the closest. That’s not saying the M2 is equal or greater than the E46, it’s just the closest.

        So while the article may hint at comparing the M2 and GT4 as being one of the same but by different companies, to me they’re not. They’re just the cars that reflect each companies tradition the best.

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