Track Battle: BMW M2 Takes On . . . Uh, the Porsche Macan Turbo?

A BMW sports coupe versus a high-performance crossover SUV? It's not as weird as you think.


The M2 is BMW's newest, hottest M car to date. It's a two-door coupe with good looks, a great straight-six turbocharged engine, and fantastic handling capabilities. The Macan Turbo, on the other hand, is an Audi Q5-based four-door crossover from Porsche, with all-wheel-drive and a twin-turbo V6. The two cars couldn't be more different, but U.K. publication decided to pit them against each other nonetheless.

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While the average driver might not think these vehicles have much in common, their performance numbers are shockingly similar. Both cars have turbocharged six-cylinder motors, similar 0-60 times, and very close top speeds. In a straight line, then, they're quite comparable. But what happens when you throw some corners at them?

Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express took both cars on a road course to see if the mini-SUV could really hang with the sports coupe. Unsurprisingly, the lighter and more performance oriented M2 sets a much faster time than the Macan. Sutcliffe stresses that the Macan shouldn't be disregarded, however, as it's a blast to fling around the circuit—even if it is a two-ton crossover.

Check out the full face-off between these two oddly-matched competitors.

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