Drag Race: BMW M2 vs 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Fifty

BMW M2, News, Videos | November 28th, 2016 by 12
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In a new video from Canal Top Speed, we take a look at BMW’s almighty M2 taking on a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS in a …

In a new video from Canal Top Speed, we take a look at BMW’s almighty M2 taking on a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS in a drag race. The Camaro in question is Chevy’s new 50th Anniversary edition, as the famous American brand celebrates 50 years of the Camaro nameplate. The “Fifty” editionĀ is purely aesthetic, as it doesn’t add any performance or power. However, it does look pretty cool.

But we aren’t here to compare how these two cars look, but to see which car is faster in a drag race. To do so, both cars are equipped pretty similarly. The Camaro is of the 2SS variant, meaning it packs a 455 hp 5.7 liter naturally-aspirated V8. That’s considerably more than the 365 hp from the BMW M2’s 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine, but their performance figures are quite similar. When both are equipped with their automatic transmissions (a six-speed auto for the Camaro and seven-speed DCT for BMW), which both of these are, they both get from 0-60 mph in about 4 seconds.

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From a standstill, with both cars using their version of launch control, the BMW M2 is quicker off the line, despite its power disadvantage. The reason is the M2’s weight advantage and far faster-shifting DCT help it launch much harder than the Camaro can. However, the Camaro does catch the M2 in the long run, thanks to its significant power bump over the M2.

What’s interesting is that, during a rolling start from 50 km/h, the Camaro was faster. That’s because at that speed the BMW’s superior launch control and rapid-shifting transmission aren’t a factor and the Camaro can use its brute force to muscle past the M2.

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It’s a pretty good video of two great performance cars going at it to see which is faster. While these two cars don’t really compete with each other, as one is a muscle car and the other is a small, nimble sports car, they’re priced similarly so it interesting to see which is faster for the money. This test shows that, in the real world, the Camaro will likely be faster on the road. The M2 needs better conditions and launch control to be faster.

12 responses to “Drag Race: BMW M2 vs 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Fifty”

  1. Thomas Anthony says:

    And a real test at a track like Mid-Ohio will really surprise the bummer crowd when that base Camaro SS goes a few seconds quicker each lap than the M2. As the best part of the GM pony car is its suspension the HP is just a bonus.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      The M2 is faster around willow though and as we’ve seen the Camaro accelerates faster in gear so the M2 naturally handles better in order to outperform it.

      • RYAN PHILLIPS says:

        I doubt it is faster than the ss 1le around the track. This is the real comparison. Not a 2017 2ss. That is just adding weight to the car.

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  3. RYAN PHILLIPS says:

    Camaro has a 6.2l v8. Also if comparing the bmw m2 then you should be comparing the 2017 camaro ss 1le. Both designed for track use. Camaro still a better deal for the money and An American car no posers.

  4. Shoshanna says:

    I understand that this is really a BMW advertising shill instead of a real car website. However taking a few minutes to actually do some research would hemp with the illusion.

    The LT1 is 6.2l. Secondly, it uses an 8 spred auto.

    • Shoshanna says:

      And there autocorrect destroys my post…

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Who’s a BMW advertising website? Cause I really don’t see that anywhere on the site.

      • Come on says:

        Who’s a BMW advertising website? Cause I really don’t see that anywhere on the site.

        Instead of deflecting to the “advertising shill” comment, why not focus on the inaccuracies of what Shoshanna pointed and make the correction to the “article?”

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Why? Cause you started with an attack. We would gladly fix any inaccuracies, but can’t stand by being accused of bias or sell outs. The website is as clear as always that it’s not “paid by BMW”.

          • Angel R. says:

            Then Mr. you are an emotional writer that needs to write about science fiction full of.. get your … straight Mr. sophistication with low IQ

  5. Angel R. says:

    This writer did not did his research and is talking non-sense .
    Mr. get you numbers right starting with the type of engine for the 2SS Camaro. In addition the M4 not the M2 was compared and did not meet the standards against the Camaro 2SS. I use to like BMW until I noticed that Chevrolet is raising the BAR and blinking their tail lights to most of the European vehicles. I advise you to do your homework before talking non sense just to upgrade your rating and cheat possible costumers.
    Traded in a 525i for a 2SS… no regrets!!

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