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BMW M240i, Porsche 718 Cayman: test, engine, price

1st place with 314 out of 400 points: Porsche 718 Cayman. Curve animal, fine spirit, sprinter and highway hero in one. Prestige and driving experience already abundant.
2nd place with 299 out of 400 points: BMW M240i Coupé. Comfortable, well equipped, variable all-wheel drive, extremely powerful – but not a high-precision machine.

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According to the data, the matter would be clear: 374 hp and 500 Newton meters are a tough announcement in this size league. We put the sport stamp on the new one compact two-door from BMW with pleasure. On the other side of the M240i However, there are four seats, all-round comfortable equipment, a rich multimedia network, more variable all wheel drive. (Important tips for buying a new car on the Internet)

The motor in the M240i is a piece of cake

And of course this one silky six-cylinder under the hood. A machine with full Turbo power, at the same time fine manners and particularly quiet work zeal. Is the new one M240i Coupe because despite the grumpy performance, not more as a fine coupé than as a real athlete? But that is deceptive. In the first name M, in the technique M – that’s the brief explanation. A clever differential regulates the forces, one extra large brake decelerates the flounder, the transmission even shoots the two-door Launch control forward, and a crisp chassis including torsionally stiff stabilizers, heartier springs and tight dampers are already in the 240i Coupé ex works. So for us all the signs are pointing to attack – also on the circuit.
Porsche 718 Cayman

Engine inferior: The Cayman relies on a turbocharged four-cylinder boxer with 300 hp and 380 Nm.


Only four cylinders work in the Porsche Cayman

An old friend is waiting here: the Porsche 718 Cayman. But here, too, one might wonder whether the 718 thanks Mid-engine concept, Turbo ventilation and the most handy Rear wheel drive is a thoroughbred athlete with no ifs and buts? Or whether “only” 300 hp, a small displacement Four-cylinder(!) and the relatively moderate basic price rather point to a prestige bomber with name laurels? Nothing, a Porsche 718 Cayman is special in every performance level and regardless of the model classification Racetrack hungry Fellow. At the Contidrom we let the two loose on each other.

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Six-cylinder in-line, turbo

v. 245/35 R 19, h. 255/35 R 19

4548 / 1838-2068 ** / 1404 mm

Four-cylinder boxer, turbo

Seven-speed double clutch

v. 235/35 R 20 Y, h. 265/35 R 20 Y

4379 / 1801-1994 ** / 1295 mm


First a look at the Price list. A draw! Twice round 56,000 euros – Either the BMW is particularly expensive for a compact or the Cayman is really cheap for a Porsche. We’re resolving: The 240i Coupé is packed with luxury, comfort and Sports equipment ex works with. Fast drivers only have to do that Adaptive chassis, Sports tires and the big brakes pay for it. Means: There are plenty of sports cars for the money here.
BMW 2 Series M240i Coupe xDrive Porsche 718 Cayman

Really expensive: In the tested version, the M240i costs 62,110 euros. The 718 Cayman even costs 70,610 euros.


When it comes to the price, both end up doing well

At Porsche, it’s not just the basic price. Torque vectoring differential, dual clutch transmission, adaptive shock absorbers including a tighter basic position of the springs, one Variable-ratio steering, big 20 inch wheels and the im Sport Chrono Package The sprint start function included make the car even faster, but at the same time also sensitively more expensive. Stand in the end over 70,000 euros on the receipt – a clear thing in favor of BMW. The scales should be just as clear when it comes to things Performance turn down – after all, the M240i is full 74 hp more and additional 120 Newton meters Maximum torque available. But the bottom line is that the Cayman holds up against it. With a high-traction sprint effect in the first few meters and significantly more top speed. (Calculate maintenance costs? To the car insurance comparison)
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Yes the Performance advantage and the all wheel drive provide the 2er Basically pole position in the sprint, but the Porsche remains within striking distance. And then overtakes on the track. Let’s put it clearly: in this discipline and in this league, no other car can hold a candle to a Cayman. Not even a much stronger BMW. Of the 718 buttons himself Dry handling course with wild pleasure and great serenity at the same time. It is easy to guide, easy to drive and fast pleasantly obedient in every imaginable extreme situation.

Porsche 718 Cayman

Really fast: The Cayman feels light-footed on the racetrack, the steering is sensitive.


The Cayman is an animal on the racetrack

Load changes in curves, too angular turn in at high speed, very late braking, unnecessarily early use of power at corner exit? Anyway, the Cayman puts it away, concentrates on his posture, just goes super fast around the course. The car feels light-footed that steering works sensitively and wired to the chassis like no other car. If you drive cleanly, you reap accurate to the tenth reproducible rounds – the biggest compliment for a sports car, we would say. And: The Porsche uses its 300 hp to the point, they arrive on the road in a herd, transform into propulsion without further ado, leave the tire treads intact and the rear on its curve radius. That’s exactly how it should be. You can find out how the BMW is doing at the Contidrom in the picture gallery.

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BMW M240i meets Porsche 718 Cayman


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