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Shootout: 2016 BMW M2 vs. 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

BMW's M2 is without question the rawest and most driver-focused vehicle in the M car lineup today, but is it good enough to make us pick it over a hard-core driving machine like the Alfa Romeo 4C? We hit the road and the race track to find out.

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If you had $60,000 to spend on a sports car, would you pick the BMW M2 or the Alfa Romeo 4C?

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In the M2, you have a 3,500 pound car with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine producing 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

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The 4C is a 2,500-pound two-seater with a 1.75-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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When it comes to styling, the M2 features a black grille, double-spoke wheels, specific fascias, trunk spoiler and wider rear body work to give it a more aggressive, but still lower-key appearance.

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The 4C is a visual stunner with seductive curves that will turn heads everywhere it goes.

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Both the M2 and 4C use dual-clutch transmission, but a good old-fashioned six-speed manual gearbox is available in the BMW.

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The M2 rides on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that are good for both road and track driving.

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The Alfa sticks with Italian-made Pirelli P Zero tires that get greasy fairly quick on the track.

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The M2 is a throwback performance vehicle from BMW with its slimmer dimension, and simpler hardware.

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Alfa's 4C delivers exotic car carbon fiber construction at a fairly attainable price point.

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