Alfa Romeo Takes On BMW M2 Competition & Lotus Exige In Drag Race Action


An Alfa Romeo 4C takes on a BMW M2 Competition and Lotus Exige 350 Sport in this latest drag race video.

Three small European sports cars line up in this drag race that asks which country makes the better compact car: Germany with the M2 Competition, Italy with the Alfa Romeo 4C, or Britain with the Lotus Exige 350 Sport.

The M2 Competition is known for being a fast and sporty ride. Powered by a 3.0-L turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, it gets 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque--easily the most powerful car of the three. And it has to be since it’s also the heaviest at 3,560.5 lbs.

Since this is the dual-clutch version, zero to sixty is done in 4.2 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Next we have the Alfa Romeo 4C, a car we rarely see here in North America. Under the hood is an oddly sized 1.75-L turbocharged 4-cylinder that puts out only 240 hp and 258 lb-ft. However, since this is the European model of the 4C, it weighs a mere 1,973 lbs. That’s over a full 1,000 lbs less than the M2!

The Alfa has a 6-speed dual-clutch and can go from zero to sixty in an advertised 4.5 seconds, but you’ll see in the video that the true number is probably a lot lower.


Finally, we have the Lotus Exige 350 Sport. Powered by a supercharged 3.5-L Toyota V6 engine, the Exige has 375 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 178 mph. It’s also close to the Alfa in terms of weight at just 2,372 lbs.

It has a 6-speed manual transmission, which means the skill of the driver will determine how far the Exige will go in a drag race.

We get two races between these three sports cars, and the results are quite surprising. In both races, it’s the Alfa that takes the early lead and keeps that lead to the very end. We think that the Lotus might have had an inexperienced driver behind the wheel since they spun their wheels on the second race and couldn’t keep up with either the M2 of the 4C.

But the power-to-weight advantage of the featherweight 4C proved too much for the M2 to best, giving the Alfa the checkered flag.


Ford has unveiled the new 2020 Mustang High Performance Package to get the most out of your turbocharged 4-cylinder Mustang. Generally speaking, most people would prefer the higher trims on the Ford Mustang that come with a big, burbling V8 engine. That’s GT for those that want to remain naturally aspirated, and if superchargers are your thing, then the GT500 will come out later this year and should scratch that itch just fine. Or you can go to Ohio and get a Mustang with nitrous and a warranty. That’s pretty cool too. A 4-cylinder Mustang? Heavens forbid. No amount of turbocharging is going to make that cool. But what if we swapped the 2.3-L turbo 4-cylinder in the Mustang with the 2.3-L turbo 4-cylinder in the Ford Focus RS? You know, the car that they never bothered selling in America. That’d be cool, right? Well, anyway, that’s precisely what Ford has done with the 2020 Ford Mustang High Performance Package. What started out as a Focus RS engine swap project has now become the most powerful 4-cylinder Mustang ever made, which isn’t a high bar considering this is still the first generation ever to use a 4-cylinder engine. By using a "5 percent larger 63-millimeter twin-scroll turbo compressor and a larger radiator,” Ford was able to boost the EcoBoost Mustang’s power from 310 horses to 330. Torque remains the same at 350 lb-ft. The Focus RS made 350 hp, so we’re not sure what happened to those extra 20 ponies if this is supposed to an engine swap. This power boost should still put the High Performance Package’s 0-60 time squarely in the mid-4-second range while also getting its top speed to hit the 155 mph limiter. Power goes through the same 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual as before. In addition to the boosted turbos, the High Performance Package also brings the brakes of the GT and the performance upgrades of the GT Performance Package down to the EcoBoost’s level. This means 4-piston calipers and 13.9-inch front brake rotors from the base GT, as well as sway bars, brake cooling ramps, a front splitter, MagneRide dampers, and a TORSEN limited-slip differential from the GT Performance Package. Top everything off with wider 19x9.5-inch aluminum wheels and Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer tires, and you got yourself a performance 4-cylinder Mustang. Pricing was not announced, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The Ford EcoBoost Mustang High Performance Package arrives sometime this fall.
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