Watch The BMW M235i Take On The Porsche Cayman On Track

Say you've got around $50k to spend on a sporty coupe, do you get a loaded BMW M235i or a stripped-out Porsche Cayman. Both are intended for different purposes but achieve similar performance figures. So which is better on track?

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Jetro Bovingdon from Evo tested both out at Blyton Park to help us answer that very question. What a nice guy, helping us out like that.

With 320 hp and 330 lb/ft, the BMW has a lot more power and torque than the Cayman, which has to make do with only 275 hp and 213 lb/ft. However, the Cayman is much lighter at 2,888 lb. against the M235i's portly 3505 lb. This is stacking up to be an interesting battle for sure.

You'll have to watch the video to find out the end result, and you might be in for a surprise. For my money, I'd probably take the Cayman home at the expense of the M235i's practicality because of its lighter weight and its naturally aspirated engine.

What would you have, dear reader? Let us know in the comments!

DISCUSSION

The result is pretty easy to explain with some important figures

2015 Porsche Cayman 2.7L H6, 20x9.5 wheels
Contact Patch Area: 268.35 cm2 per tire
Torque: 213 lb-ft

2015 BMW M235i 3.0T I6, 18x8 wheels
Contact Patch Area: 233.14 cm2 per tire
Torque: 330 lb-ft

The Cayman simply has so much more contact patch through which to deal with the engine torque, as well as more weight on the rear wheels (57% versus 48.5%). To keep the BMW acting civil in the corners, you can't go anywhere near all-in. The BMW's propensity to break traction is nearly 100% greater than the Cayman's.

In the corners in the Cayman, you're foot to the floor (even in an S or GTS you'd be foot to the floor). In the BMW? Only if you want to turn the tires into smoke. The M235i is good fun, and quick in the straights, but it'd never compete in the corners on account of all that torque and the extra 600lbs of weight.