2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs 2020 Toyota Supra vs 2019 BMW M2 vs 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman (Car and Driver)
Four sports cars with a past loom large among the giants in Sequoia National Park.
On its face, this grouping could be mistaken for an ordinary of-the- moment comparison test: four purposeful sports cars, each costing around $60,000 and capable of hitting 60 mph in roughly four seconds, all laser-focused on driving gratification. We'll admit that's how this story initially came together. But our understanding of, and appreciation for, these machines swelled over three days of hustling them on spastic mountain roads. Even under the aura cast by 1500-year-old, 200-foot-tall sequoias, these four sports cars are timeless giants.
The examples collected here represent some of their makers' best work, both in the past and today. BMW's M2 Competition is the closest thing we have to a spiritual successor of the iconic E30-generation M3. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 wears a 53-year-old name yet remains the zenith of the muscle car by delivering as much grip and grace as grunt. Porsche's mid-engined Cayman turns 13 this year but has already inked its place in the history books as one of the 21st century's purest driver's cars. The Toyota Supra, new for 2020 after a 17-year nap, conjures up memories of an era when Japan could build a sports car as swift and serious as anyone else's.