New BMW M2 Competition vs Alpine A110

These sports cars have evolved in very different ways, but both promise to be thrilling to drive. Only one can be king of the jungle, though...

BMW M2 vs Alpine A110
BMW M2 vs Alpine A110

Our verdict

If we were simply to add up all the stars, the M2 would win this test. But we aren’t comparing family hatchbacks; you buy a sports car for the way it drives, and here the A110 strikes a killer blow. The way it dissects a twisting B-road is something any keen driver will relish. Even when you’re not pushing on, the precise, communicative steering keeps you involved. Driving doesn’t get much more rewarding than this.

But that doesn’t mean you should ignore the M2. Not only is it faster, but it also has entertaining handling and a memorable engine. And if practicality matters at all, the M2 would be far easier to live with.

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1st Alpine A110 - 5/5

Alpine A110 rear

For Sublime steering and handling; cheaper to run; more responsive gearbox

Against Tiny boots; low-rent interior; fiddly infotainment; poor rearward visibility

Read our full Alpine A110 review here

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BMW M2 Competition rear

For Stronger, more flexible performance; characterful engine; much more practical

Against Thirsty; firmer ride; feels blunt and heavy next to A110; more road noise

Read our full BMW M2 review

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Specifications: Alpine A110 Légende

Engine 4cyl, 1798cc, turbo, petrol

List price £50,805

Target price £50,805

Power 248bhp @ 6000rpm

Torque 236lb ft @ 2000-5000rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 

0-60mph 4.9sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 44.1mpg

CO2 emissions 144g/km

Specifications: BMW M2 Competition

Engine 6cyl, 2979cc, turbo, petrol

List price £51,930

Target price £51,181

Power 404bhp @ 5250-7000rpm

Torque 406lb ft @ 2350-5230rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 4.4sec

Top speed 155mph

Gov't fuel economy 30.7mpg

CO2 emissions 209/km

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