BMW M2 Competition Vs. Alpine A110: Different Worlds Clash For The Title Of Best Sports Car

For years the Porsche Cayman dominated the compact sports car world, but since the German company decided to switch to four-cylinder turbo engines, competitors took the opportunity to strike back.

The BMW M2 Competition is a prime example of a sports car becoming better in every way; it was already a riot to drive, but BMW gave it an M4 straight-six engine that’s slightly detuned to 404hp and 405lb-ft of torque. It’s also one of the few small sports cars still available with a six-speed manual transmission.

On the other hand, the Alpine A110 takes a completely different approach. The small French sports car can’t hide its purpose-built character as it’s based on a bespoke aluminum structure with the engine in the middle and a clear focus on keeping the weight as down as possible.

Just by looking at the power figures, the Alpine seems like the clear loser here as it offers almost 150hp less than the M2 Competition, with 248hp and 236lb-ft of torque coming out of its 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The thing is though that the A110 is almost 500kg (1,100 pounds) lighter than the M2, putting the two sports cars really close in terms of performance.

Which one of the two is the sweetest small sports car you can buy today if you live in Europe? Let’s find out Autocar’s verdict on the video that follows.

 

  • tbonesteak33

    M2 Performance? You mean M2 Comp?

  • lagunas3ca

    @SIX_TYMES where are you with the 2 Series canted drivers seat comment?

    • Matt

      …and he would have bought one too if it wasn’t for that damn canted seat!

    • Six_Tymes

      lmao… I just got here. I have an idea, how about ill say this instead. put the M2 engine in the Alpine, that I would buy. Canted seat problem for me would then be solved.

      by the way, thanks for the laugh!!!

      • Bob

        If somehow BMW ever asks me why I don’t have an M2 in my garage, I’ll send them your way to explain it.

  • SteersUright

    Not even gonna watch, M2 all day. The other one looks so silly to me.

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