Can The BMW M2 Beat The Porsche 718 Boxster S In A Drag Race?

Car disputes should always be settled on the drag strip. Enter South Africa’s CarMagazine and their annual ‘Performance Shootout’ which sees the new Porsche 718 Boxster S challenging the BMW M2

On paper, the BMW M2 is a hair faster than the regular Boxster, as it needs 4.4 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill, thanks to a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged straight-six engine pushing out 370 PS (365 HP) and 465 Nm (343 lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels.

The current range-topped of the new Porsche Boxster family is the ‘S’. It uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbocharged lump, capable of churning out 350 PS (345 HP) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), it needs 4.5 seconds, but if you opt for the extra Sport Chrono kit and PDK transmission, this number will drop to 4.2 seconds.

The Porsche is, however, 150 kg (331 lbs) lighter than the BMW M2, and in the right hands, it should make a difference in a drag race, but can it actually beat the praised M car? Well, find the answer in the video posted below.


  • rover10

    So what!

    • SteersUright

      Um, isn’t competition everything when it comes to enthusiast cars? If that track also led up to some curves the fat M2 would vanish from your screen. Only redeeming quality is its price compared to the insanity that is Porsche retail pricing.

  • Evo45

    Why don’t they use Cayman instead of Boxster? I think it’s not fair even though I didn’t watch the video.

    • samurai

      On paper 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster are equal. but comparing a $52k M2 with a $68k Boxster S is pointless. For the money of the Porsche I would buy the new ZL1 which easily wipes the floor with the Porsche and can even compare with a 911 GTS

    • PetrolHead

      Why do you ask? They’re the same car. Cayman is just a Boxster with a roof on. The car is designed from the ground up to be an open top. Boxster is more expensive than the Cayman, granted.

  • Six_Tymes

    glad the Porsche won.

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