BMW M2 Takes On 2017 Camaro SS In A Straight Line

If you like to play the odds game, betting against a light-weight European prizefighter like the BMW M2 might be unwise, even when its rival is an American muscle car.

Of course, this latest generation of muscle cars has come a long way and the new Camaro SS certainly qualifies as an overachiever thanks to its Corvette-sourced 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine.

On paper, the 455 HP and 455 lb-ft (616 Nm) of torque can help it get from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4 seconds flat, which actually makes it quicker off the line than the BMW M2.

Speaking of which, the car some are calling BMW’s best M-vehicle of all time comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, good for 365 HP and 343 lb-ft (465 Nm) of torque, thus sprinting to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds.

That being said, we will remind you that weight matters a lot, and that launching your car off the line perfectly is not something people manage to do each and every time they go racing.

Also, the guys from CanalTopSpeed also went with a rolling start after the initial stand-still drag race, just for good measure. The results are, interesting to say the least.

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  • eb110americana

    I’m not sure I agree with their assessment. They test the cars in 4 runs, 3 standing starts and one rolling start. In all but the first test, the Camaro is ahead for most of the run, if not all of it (rolling start). In the first run, the BMW launches first, though launch control seems to put it far enough ahead that the Camaro cannot catch up. In the other two standing runs, the Camaro pulls out in front, then the BMW pulls ahead for a moment by shifting its dual clutch faster, but is quickly passed by the Chevy for the remainder of the run.

    The fact that the Bimmer can hang with a car featuring more than double the displacement and almost 100 more horsepower is due to lighter weight, the turbo, and the DCT, but is still impressive. In the real world, when most would not have time to engage launch control, I suspect the Camaro would win at most stoplights. They are close enough, however, that driver skill counts for a lot.

  • Skip

    no matter how you slice it, a pretty good showing for the bimmer…

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think the SS compares with the Mustang GT here in the US. I personally don’t think either of these cars are comparable with a M2. Maybe the Mustang GT350, or the ZL1 would be better comparisons. But if one is going to put a GT and an SS in the same class as an M2, than that’s kudos to the Americans that these non-tracked focused cars are even being mentioned in the same breath as an M2, or a Cayman.