VIDEO: BMW M2 vs Porsche 718 Cayman S vs Audi TT RS — Which is most fun?

BMW M2, Videos | May 31st, 2017 by 15
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The last and final test in a series of comparison tests from Drivetribe sees the BMW M2 take on the Porsche 718 Cayman S and …

The last and final test in a series of comparison tests from Drivetribe sees the BMW M2 take on the Porsche 718 Cayman S and Audi TT RS in a track day fun session. These three recently went up against each other in a few different tests to see how they performed. The first of which was just a weigh-in and power check, to see how each car compared on paper. Then there was a drag race between the two, in which the Audi TT RS won. Following that, there were some timed laps, where the Porsche was the fastest. But now comes the most important test. Which of the three is most fun?

On the same Angelsey circuit where they tested each car’s hot laps, they take each car out for some hooligan fun. The best measure of a car’s balance and fun-factor is how well it will let you chuck it around. If a car likes to slide, is easy to hold through slides and can put a smile on your face, it’s a good car.

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The BMW M2 is up first and it’s a proper hooligan. On a slightly damp Angelsey, the M2 is so easy to slide all over the place. Jethro Bovington, the host and driver, claims it to be fantastic on track for fun skids. The balance is there and almost perfect, as Bovington and just pick any angle and slide the M2 through it. Come in nice and tidy and powerslide out? No problem. Chuck it in late and and make lots of smoke? It loves it. It’s breadth of sliding abilities is actually pretty impressive. However, that doesn’t translate that well on the road, where its suspension is a bit too firm, and its brakes aren’t so good for proper hot laps. So the M2 is incredibly fun when being a hooligan but does have its issues.

Next up is the Audi TT RS. This being the only all-wheel drive, automatic car in the test, it’s naturally at a disadvantage here. Though, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Yes, the TT RS’ primary driving characteristic on track is understeer. However, if you learn the car and get everything right, it can rotate nicely and be quite fun. The only problem is that it’s a lot of work and very hard to replicate. While some sports cars reward hard work, the TT RS is brutally difficult to consistently get right. It does have some strong suits, though. Its engine is brilliant and exciting, its brakes are good and it is incredibly quick. However, it’s just not playful enough and not as fun as the other two.

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Lastly, the Porsche 718 Cayman S hits the track. With a six-speed manual and mid-engine balance, the Porsche has the best advantage here. Its steering is precise, its balance is even better than the BMW’s and it’s just so playful. It also has the benefit of being the only car designed as a proper sports car from the ground up. The Audi TT is a cheaper front-wheel drive diesel coupe in most countries. The BMW 2 Series is the cheapest BMW in America. So both cars have humble roots. The Cayman is a blue-blooded sports car. Its only downside is its engine, which is pretty awful, actually. It makes good power and has a bunch of torque but sounds like a diesel generator and isn’t befitting of a Volkswagen Golf R, never mind a Porsche.

All three cars have flaws, none are perfect. But the best car overall, according to Drivetribe is the Porsche 718 Cayman S. It’s the most fun on a track, fastest on a track and damn quick in a drag race. Its only knocks against it are its price and engine. The other cars have their own faults, too. Porsche just overcomes its problems a bit better.

15 responses to “VIDEO: BMW M2 vs Porsche 718 Cayman S vs Audi TT RS — Which is most fun?”

  1. JC says:

    Not shocked at all.

  2. bmw driver says:

    “However, that doesn’t translate that well on the road, where its suspension is a bit too firm, and its brakes aren’t so good for proper hot laps.”
    I know this is From the review, so not directed at you, dear author, however this is crap. The brakes are off the M4. These same people thrashed an M4 around the same track, when they worked for EVO, and didn’t complain about the brakes. My guess is something isn’t quite right with their test car. Secondly I have put 10,000 km on my M2 on almost every kind and quality of road and 3 track days. Never has it felt punishing or brutal. You feel the bumps, but it’s supple and composed and never skittish and it never feels out of tune with the road surface. Other than that, good comparison.

  3. A.F.S. says:

    The New Cayman motor sounds like it is destroying itself when pushed hard…more reason to hold on to the 981 Flat 6 outgoing model. The M car sounds pretty darn good in this comparison. Audi TT still kind of ugly….

  4. Michael Persiano says:

    Well, be shocked at this: they compared the Porsche 718 Cayman S Manual, and the BMW Manual, to the Audi TT-RS with an s-tronic tranny–hardly a fair fight. Had the Porsche been PDK, this would have been a massacre for the Audi. The BMW would have fared much better. Compare the times for the PDK and Manual. Also, keep in mind, the 718 devours corners like few other cars being made today. It has been documented pulling a 1.75 g corner during a hot lap in Australia.

    C/D TEST RESULTS FOR 718 CAYMAN S PDK:

    Zero to 60 mph: 3.6 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 8.7 sec
    Zero to 130 mph: 15.2 sec
    Zero to 150 mph: 22.8 sec
    Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.4 sec
    Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.5 sec
    Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.9 sec
    Standing ¼-mile: 12.0 sec @ 117 mph
    Top speed (mfr’s claim): 177 mph
    Braking, 70-0 mph: 142 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.02 g

    C/D TEST RESULTS FOR 718 CAYMAN S MANUAL:

    Zero to 60 mph: 4.3 sec
    Zero to 100 mph: 10.5 sec
    Zero to 120 mph: 15.5 sec
    Zero to 150 mph: 27.8 sec
    Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.1 sec
    Top gear, 30-50 mph: 10.2 sec
    Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.5 sec
    Standing ¼-mile: 12.8 sec @ 109 mph
    Top speed (mfr’s claim): 171 mph
    Braking, 70-0 mph: 141 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.03 g

    • guest says:

      Not all about the #’s. Why would I buy a 4 or 5 when I can have a turbo I6 GT?

    • Senne says:

      This test was about the FUN factor. Not about speed. A manual is more fun than an automatic, no matter how good.

      • bmw driver says:

        I found the manual much less fun. For starters it’s not a particularly good shifter, the clutch action is lacking and it’s all a bit rubbery. I find my DCT way more fun and engaging. You have to learn it and work with it, which is great fun. Anyone who thinks they can just get into a DCT car and go without learning its quirks is gonna have a bad time.

        • Senne says:

          Thanks for that insight, I too would have thought that the DCT wouldn’t require any learning. So that’s interesting to know. I must admit I’ve driven several BMW 8 speed ZF’s with paddles and they were great fun. But when I got back in my manual BMW, I enjoyed it even more. Too bad the manual in the M2 isn’t that great… I think it’s because they don’t invest a lot of money in manuals anymore. It’s just a question of time before they will be discontinued and all M’s will be automatic.

  5. Senne says:

    Considering how important the noise is in a sports car and how much fun the M2 is to play around AND the fact it’s cheaper than the Porsche in every way (purchase and maintenance), the M2 should have won imo. But I guess it was a close call.

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