Let’s face it; the BMW M3/M4 isn’t the automatic top dog anymore. Competitors like the Cadillac ATS-V, Mercedes-AMG C63, and even the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS have loosened the chokehold the M3/M4 had during previous generations. Even BMW itself created a bonafide M4 competitor in the new BMW M2. Now, on the newest episode of Ignition, host Jason Cammisa pits the M2 against the big-brother M4 to see just how to the siblings match up.
On paper, this comparison seems like a wash. The M2 is down 60 hp and 37 lb-ft of torque, all while weighing in just 25 pounds less than the M4, according to Motor Trend testing. On track, however, it appears the M2 and the M4 aren’t too far apart, with nearly identical performance data right up to the quarter-mile time, where the more powerful M4 begins to make ground. Plus, 0-60 mph times, 60-0 mph braking distances, and skid pad results are evenly matched between the two Bavarian bruisers.
On track, in the hands of MT’s resident hotshoe Randy Pobst, the result is shocking. The BMW M2 is 0.2 of a second faster around the Streets of Willow Springs, besting the bigger Bimmer has the better power delivery.
On road, it’s a blow-out. Cammisa finds the M2 to have all of the fun and driving joy that BMW’s M division lost long ago, making him far happier than when he’s at the helm of the M4. According to Cammisa, this is the best M product currently drifting its way out of Germany.
Take a look at the BMW M2 face-off against big-brother M4 in the video below.