The BMW M2 CS And Jaguar F-Type Are More Evenly Matched Than You May Think



Both BMW and Jaguar have long and proud histories of producing some of the industry’s finest sports cars, and the M2 CS and F-Type are among the best.

In the most recent review from Lovecars starring Tiff Needell, the M2 CS and the facelifted F-Type go toe-to-toe on a tight and twisty track before heading out onto the open road. While the M2 CS and F-Type are not direct rivals, they offer similar performance and, in the UK at least, carry similar price tags.

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The F-Type featured in this clip is a new variant dubbed the P450. This model uses Jaguar’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8 but has been detuned to 444 hp and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or, optionally, all-wheel. The example tested had the all-wheel drive system and can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds while reaching a 177 mph (285 km/h) top speed.

By comparison, the M2 CS features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder that is good for 444 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. Unlike the F-Type, the M2 CS tested came with a six-speed manual gearbox. It’s rear-wheel drive but, because it weighs less, it is quicker off the line than the Jaguar, hitting 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and maxing out at 174 mph (280 km/h).

During the track tests, the Jaguar was 0.8 seconds slower than the M2 CS. Considering its added weight, that’s not too bad.

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