The brand new BMW M4 Competitors is shockingly quick, each in a straight line and round a observe. From what we’ve heard, it’s additionally fairly good to drive, no matter lap occasions. It’s mentioned to have nice steering, excellent precision, and all-around enjoyable driving dynamics. Nonetheless, is it nearly as good because the fan-favorite Porsche Cayman GT4? On this new video from Fifth Gear, we get to search out out.
To most automobile fans, the Porsche Cayman GT4 is a bit of slice of automotive heaven. Not solely is it the perfect sports activities automobile on paper; mid-engine, naturally-aspirated engine, guide transmission, rear-wheel drive, and intelligent aero; it additionally delivers on its promise in the actual world. The one criticism I’ve genuinely ever heard for the GT4 is that its gearing is simply too lengthy. That’s it. So can the M4 Competitors tackle one thing with such a formidable resume?
On this new video, each vehicles go head-to-head at Citadel Combe, to not solely see which is faster however which is extra enjoyable on observe. As for the previous, the BMW M4 Competitors has the benefit, as a result of its superior energy. The M4 makes use of a twin-turbocharged 3.zero liter I6 to make 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, which can also be paired to a slick-shifting eight-speed auto. Whereas the Cayman GT4 makes use of a bigger engine, a 4.zero liter naturally-aspirated flat-six, however one with much less energy; 420 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Its six-speed guide is extra enjoyable however slower than the BMW’s auto.
How do they handle on observe, although, and which one is extra enjoyable? The Porsche Cayman GT4 put down a really spectacular 1:12.6 lap time and appeared like an absolute blast your entire time. Whereas the BMW M4 Competitors did the lap in 1:13.Three seconds, so nearly a full second slower than the Porsche. The BMW M4 Comp is quicker in a straight line, that’s for positive, nevertheless it’s all the time going to be tougher to make it deal with as properly by corners. The M4 weighs round 600 lbs greater than the Porsche, has a better heart of gravity, and is much extra inclined to wag its tail out of each nook.
In fact, on the street, the BMW M4 may be the higher machine, as a result of its extra snug experience, its again seat, and superior practicality. Nonetheless, as a driver’s automobile, I don’t know if there’s a lot of a comparability.