BMW M2 and BMW M4 GTS are EVO Car of the Year 2016 Contenders

BMW M2, BMW M4, News | December 14th, 2016 by 3
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What a time to be alive for a car enthusiast. 2016 has been on of the best years for the automobile since its inception over …

What a time to be alive for a car enthusiast. 2016 has been on of the best years for the automobile since its inception over a century ago. I’m not so sure there’s been a year where more pure driver’s cars have debuted. EVO magazine just recently had the incredible opportunity to judge some of the world’s greatest driving cars to come out in 2016.

If you like cars, this is a video for you to watch. In this COTY video, EVO pits some of the most incredible cars in the world against each other. There’s nimble and pure driving cars, like the BMW M2 and Porsche 911 R, there’s hardcore track cars, such as the BMW M4 GTS and Aston Martin Vantage GT8, and there’s incredibly hot hatches, like the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen GTI Clubsport. So, really, it doesn’t matter what kind of cars you like, there’s something here for you.

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But, being BMW enthusiasts, two of our favorite brand’s cars made the list as contenders. Unfortunately, they didn’t fare as well as we’d hoped. A lot of that has to do with the incredibly stiff competition.

The BMW M2 finished dead last in the test, 12th place. While EVO still claims it’s a great car, and when driven in isolation was thought to be a high-ranking finisher, it faltered a bit when compared with the others. Over rough pavement, its suspension lost composure and became too nervous, making it less confidence-inspiring than, say, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. And its engine, while technically very impressive, lacked the sort of excitement as the Alfa’s. So, while the BMW M2 is a great driver’s car, and probably the best from BMW, it’s just got good enough to crack EVO’s┬átop ten.

BMW’s second contender is the M4 GTS. This is a very polarizing car, as there are some who feel it’s the best driving car since the BMW E46 M3 CSL and there are some who feel like it’s a BMW M4 in a track suit and rides too harshly. The EVO testers were equally as torn. Some of them had the M4 GTS as the absolute winner of the test while some of them had it as low as 9th place. So it wasn’t universally loved, to say the least. What they all could agree on was that it had two personalities. On perfectly dry pavement in good conditions, it’s an absolute joy to drive. The steering, chassis and engine are all so dynamic and communicative that it can feel like a proper race car. However, in anything other than ideal conditions, say a bit of rain, it becomes a mess and is almost impossible to drive. And a car that’s only brilliant briefly cannot be considered the Car of the Year.

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For EVO, third place to first place played out as such: McLaren 570S, Volkswagen GTI Clubsport and Porsche 911 R, respectively. Those are all brilliant cars and cars we’d love to get our hands on. Hopefully, BMW can come up with something next year that can take those cars on. BMW M2 CS, maybe?

3 responses to “BMW M2 and BMW M4 GTS are EVO Car of the Year 2016 Contenders”

  1. Crux says:

    BMW too focused on X1-100, GT’s, i-subbrand… Tbh even the i8 is a crappy performer. What the hell is happening? All the shots are being made by financial/maketing/lawyers and not real car enthusiast. Seems like the heads of BMW only care about the Brands former accomplishments and they will ride that and milk it as much as possible. They have nothing special in the performance side, just tweaks and updates to the M Division. I maybe wrong but the performance area and R&D is weak. So calculated and dull, such #Lames. in fact a bit embarrassing when you see what AMG is trying to do. We say Merc is crazy and the power in their AMG cars are stupid, but that is a Great compliment imo. Their engineers have the approval to create dumb stupid things. Just look up recent article about their next AMG Nurburgring project. They want break the record and the project car will be a street legal w street tires. Closest thing to an F1 but drivable in all strip malls.

    BMW has become so pedantic, pedestrian. Really falling behind now. People already caught up and you can’t even brag about handling, cause other luxo-mobiles have surpassed it. So P.O’d!

    • Matt Stokes says:

      In this comparison, the M4 GTS is ranked above the C63S, above the Lamborghini Huracan, and an Aston Martin Vantage GT8. The fact the entry level M2 is even in a comparison with Lamborghinis, Porsches and McLarens is a testament to how good it is… and its only 1 place behind the only AMG product. BMW are the only company to have TWO cars in the Car of the Year test. You can lust after N├╝rburgring lap times, and F1 derived marketing speak for engines, but I think you are judging M (and i) too harshly.

      I do agree though, they should quit going on about the M1 if they are not prepared to follow up with a sequel. They had the guts then, but now they don’t it seems.

      • Crux says:

        Yeah I’m very hard on Munich cause I expect too much but in a good way. I’ll never own a M4 GTS and on Bimmer forums owners seem to love theirs. The little things and attention to detail is what’s missing. I’ve read and watched other journos praise the GTS, although at that price point and exclusivity. I can see where the knock is coming from. Technically they could have charge $150k+ and refined it even further. Oh well… Any way my gripes is not really with M4, its more the overall attitude of BMW. Like you said ‘They have no guts” Merc, as an example seem to be having fun even its just bragging rights on the green hell. It don’t mean a lot to general public but its a statement.

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