Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2017 BMW M2 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Chevrolet Camaro

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2017 BMW M2

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Camaro’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The M2 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Camaro and the M2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Camaro 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the M2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M2 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

The Camaro SS’ standard 6.2 V8 produces 90 more horsepower (455 vs. 365) and 86 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 369) than the M2’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The Camaro ZL1’s standard 6.2 supercharged V8 produces 285 more horsepower (650 vs. 365) and 281 lbs.-ft. more torque (650 vs. 369) than the M2’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro SS is faster than the BMW M2 (manual transmissions tested):

 

Camaro

M2

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

12.4 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.6 MPH

107.5 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Camaro SS is faster than the BMW M2 (automatics tested):

 

Camaro

M2

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

113 MPH

Top Speed

165 MPH

163 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe was clocked 7.1 seconds faster than the BMW M2 Coupe (174.8 sec. vs. 181.9 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Camaro V6/V8 Auto’s fuel efficiency. The M2 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Camaro uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The M2 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Camaro has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the M2 (19 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Camaro has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The M2 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Camaro ZL1’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the M2:

 

Camaro ZL1

M2

Front Rotors

15.35 inches

15 inches

The Camaro stops much shorter than the M2:

 

Camaro

M2

 

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the M2 (F:285/30R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:265/35R19).

The Camaro SS 1LE/ZL1’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the M2’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro SS has standard 20-inch wheels. The M2’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Camaro can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The M2 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Camaro has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Camaro flat and controlled during cornering. The M2’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Camaro’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the M2 (110.7 inches vs. 106 inches).

The Camaro SS Coupe handles at 1.09 G’s, while the M2 Coupe pulls only 1.01 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro SS Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the M2 Coupe (23.3 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Camaro Coupe has 3.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the M2 (93 vs. 89.7).

The Camaro Coupe has 2.4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more front shoulder room than the M2 Coupe.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Camaro Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The M2 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Camaro’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M2 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Camaro offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The M2 doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro first among midsize sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The M2 isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Camaro as their 2016 Car of the Year. The M2 has never been chosen.

The Camaro was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The M2 has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The M2 has never been chosen.

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