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Can The BMW M2 Possibly Match The V8 E90 M3?

With two less cylinders and 50 hp less, can the M2 possibly keep up?

The BMW M2 is just the "baby" M car, powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 370 hp. With the seven-speed dual-clutch it can hit 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. This is pretty quick, but could it possibly match the old E90 M3 with the screaming S65 V8 engine? The M3's 4.0-liter V8 produces 420 horsepower and can hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds when equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch. Even though the M2 is newer, it clearly appears to be at a disadvantage. So what happens when it meets its ancestor in a drag race?

Amazingly, the M2 manages to keep up. It isn't until the cars start to hit 100 mph that the M3 can even pull away at all. This may be because the M2 has 369 lb-ft of torque compared to the M3's rather low 295. If you thought that there was no way the M2 could keep up with the more powerful M3, you'd be wrong.

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