If you are a regular viewer of DriveTribe content, then you will be well aware of Tim Rodie's recent article on why the BMW M2 Competition is a future classic. However, only today was the BMW M2 CS leaked and it looks to give the M2 Competition a real run for its money.
Limited to just 2,200 units, the M2 CS (meaning Coupe Sport) is an evenmore hardcore manual version of the already brutal M2. It has extensive carbon fibre extras across the exterior including a lip spoiler, front splitter, rear diffuser and mirror caps. I think it looks much better with these additions.
Joining the extensive carbon fibre is also a reported twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six engine, producing 444 hp and 550 Nm of torque which is far more impressive than the Competition's 404 hp engine. This engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission (a 7 speed auto will also be available) and will send all its power to the rear wheels, resulting in an undeniable widow-maker.
To help the car adapt to this extra power, there is also a set of adaptive dampers on the car, an adaptive power steering system, a chassis brace between the two front suspension towers and an electronically controlled valved exhaust - just in case the car gets a bit too rowdy for your liking.
As you can see from the inside, it has a very racecar-like feel. There is alcantara as far as the eye can see which has been nicely broken up by bits of plush BMW leather. I can imagine this feels really special to sit in. You even get a special CS badge which is a nice touch.
But what the real question is, is whether this will out-do the M2 Competition when it comes to being a future classic. As Tim pointed out in his article on the Comp, the dual-clutch gearbox is fantastic but for the CS, I think the real selling point is the manual. Especially if it is to become as iconic as the 1 Series M Coupe.
So, is it more suited to be a future classic than the Competition is? I think so, especially considering the amount being made. I think it could be a real collectors car down the line but I guess only time will tell.