Which would you buy: BMW M2 CS or Porsche Cayman GT4?

BMW M2, Interesting | September 27th, 2017 by 23
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At the moment, one of the most exciting and beloved pure driver’s cars is the Porsche Cayman GT4. It finally answered the question of what …

At the moment, one of the most exciting and beloved pure driver’s cars is the Porsche Cayman GT4. It finally answered the question of what the mid-engine Cayman would be like with 911-like power. Turns out, it’s pretty damned fantastic. With an engine from a 911, some suspension bits from a 911 GT3 and a proper six-speed manual, the Cayman GT4 is one of the best driver’s cars in the world. Fortunately, we’ll soon be getting another great driver’s car from Germany — the BMW M2 CS.

The standard BMW M2 is already quite beloved by enthusiasts. It’s the car that brought BMW back to its roots a bit, showing off that it still knows how to make a great, simple driver’s car. If there was any complaint about the M2 it’s that BMW didn’t take it quite far enough. It could be even lighter still, more pure and more exciting. That’s where the M2 CS comes in. It’s going to be lighter, simpler, faster and more dynamic than the standard car.

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It’s not the first car to get BMW M’s ‘CS’ treatment, as the BMW M4 CS was released earlier this year. That car is considered to be the best of the entire M4 lineup, the “Goldilocks” version, if you will. So, with that in mind, we’re incredibly excited for what a BMW M2 CS will be. But will it be good enough to take on the Porsche Cayman GT4?

Under the hood…er…in between the axles of the Porsche Cayman GT4 lies a naturally-aspirated 3.8 liter flat-six engine that makes 385 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. That 911 engine is paired with a six-speed manual only and powers only its rear-wheels, as the car gods intended. For the Cayman GT4, 0-60 mph takes 4.1 seconds. If that’s slower than you expected, blame the long gearing, where you can hit 60 mph in second gear. However, the GT4 isn’t about straight-line speed. When combined with the front and rear suspension of a Porsche 911 GT3, mid-engine balance and brilliant steering feel, the GT4 is flat-out one of the best driving cars on the planet.

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The BMW M2 CS isn’t here yet. There are no official specs nor is there any actual information on it. Only rumor and hearsay. However, we do know that it will be lighter than the standard M2, it will make around 400 hp and will use some sort of turbocharged I6 engine, likely the twin-turbo S55 engine from a BMW M4. It’s said that BMW will offer both a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT but I think we both know which gearbox should be had. It should also get some CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) interior bits, such as door panels and center console, much like the M4 CS. Hopefully, it gets some of that car’s cool aero as well.

Just the standard BMW M2 is already a blast to drive. We can only imagine what sort of monster the M2 CS will be. As it stands now, a BMW M2 could give a Cayman GT4 a run for its money, in terms of outright performance, as it’s already basically as fast. Add more power and more thrills and the BMW M2 CS could seriously challenge the Cayman GT4.

So which it BMW fans, which car would you put your money down on? Would it be the future BMW M2 CS when it finally debuts or on a used Porsche Cayman GT4 (isn’t on sale anymore)?

23 responses to “Which would you buy: BMW M2 CS or Porsche Cayman GT4?”

  1. Jes says:

    Cayman. Totally. Porsche is in a different league in terms of build and materials quality. The cheaper BMW’s are cheaper for a reason.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    It depends. The greatness of the CS cars is their versatility: yes they are driver focused and have some weight reduction, but they still retain the majority of their usability (back seat, size all that). If it has to be your main car, the M2 CS is the obvious choice.

    If it’s about a weekend/fun/track car, the Cayman just is smaller lighter and mid engined which is a better formula. But in that case for the money i’d personally go Lotus Exige Cup 380

  3. Grneyedqban says:

    Gt4 all day! It’ll be used, so it’ll be cheaper and porsches nowadays last a lifetime! Beautiful lil rocket for everyday fun and you strap a turbo to it and its in another category all together!!!

  4. LAURENT says:

    Cayman GT4…i love BMW but i drived the GT4 and its the best car of the past 20 years ! the M2 ( and even the cs ) is a very great car but not the same level. In europe you have to see the price of an used GT4… insense ! BMW have to improve also suspension of M cars…

  5. Dailybimmer says:

    Bmw M2 CS, because it’s not a VW product.

    • PK says:

      so you wouldn’t buy a lambo, bugatti, porsche, audi or bentley just because is a vw group? lol i don’t get what the big deal is.

      • Dan Cowan says:

        You nailed it: I’ve been adverse to VW’s corporate product for decades, too generic, dull, mainstream. Employer had a Gallardo, gorgeous car, but I won’t be shopping for a Mulsanne or Bugatti any time soon, either. Here in North America we get Mexican production & miss much of their better European brands.

  6. Icebreakerr says:

    M2 CS. gt4 looks UGLY.

  7. Airkrd says:

    Tough question. If I didn’t already have an M2, I’d definitely get the M2 CS. While I do like the overall looks of the GT4, I like the M2 styling better; more muscular and beefy stance. Since I have an M2, I’d have to go with the GT4 just so I can have something different in my garage. Of course, I don’t have the money for a second performance car so it’s a moot point. If tomorrow I found out a long lost relative died and left me gobs of money…I’d just get both.

  8. Denn700 says:

    I had a GT4 and had to sell it because I needed a backseat for my son. I would pick the M2 CS or CSL over the GT4 just because I have owned one but if the new GT4 has the engine that’s in the 991.2 GT3 I would take that.

  9. 黑豬肉 (冴羽 獠) says:


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