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.
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.