The BMW M2 is definitely a media darling. It has been praised so much, it’s hard to overlook its popularity. Understandably so too as it appeals to a lot of people who consider the current BMW M line-up to be a bit too heavy and too big for their liking. There’s a reason why the BMW M2 has been repeatedly called the E46 M3 of the modern age. The guys from Fifth Gear however decided to compare the Bavarian machine to yet another brilliant creation.

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Traditionally, BMWs haven’t exactly been a match for Porsches. Sure, there have been some exceptions to the rule over the years but the more expensive Porsches are widely regarded as better drivers’ cars. In this particular case, the BMW M2 in the video below has to go up against a Porsche Cayman GTS.

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This is, therefore, a hard task for the BMW.

To put things into perspective I should mention the Porsche Cayman GTS is considerably more expensive, starting at over $80,000 in the US. By comparison, the M2 has a starting price of $53,000, which is quite a long way lower.

On the spec sheet, the BMW M2 has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 making 365 horsepower. Torque output is at 343 lb-ft, and an overboost function allows it to briefly increase that twist to 369 lb-ft.

The Porsche Cayman GTS also relies on 365 HP. But, the Porsche is about 250 lbs lighter.

Furthermore, this particular model was fitted with carbon brakes, something the standard M2 can’t be fitted with.

There are plenty of other factors to take into account too. The Cayman has a mid-engine setup while the BMW is a classic front-engine, rear-wheel drive model, just to name one essential aspect of this comparison. Furthermore, this is a track test, so the way these feel and how fast they go will be decisive. It may be too close to call.

Or is it? Check the video to find out.