This is it: Limited-Run BMW M2 CS Revealed in full
BMW M GmbH finally revealed the coveted and limited-run BMW M2 CS, the sportscar that many of us hope will bring the E46 M3 CSL spirit back to life. After all, the BMW M2 was repeatedly compared to the E46 M3 and now, with the introduction of a lighter, more powerful version, the comparisons can continue. So what exactly is it?
The BMW M2 CS is supposed to be a sharper, more powerful version of the already stellar BMW M2 Competition. Following the same recipe used on cars like the BMW M3 CS and M4 CS, the M2 CS is going to have a bit more power while also cutting down on weight. To be more precise, the new M2 CS comes with the same engine as the one used on the M4 Competition, which means it delivers 450 HP and 550 Nm of torque to the rear axle via either a manual 6-speed gearbox or an optional 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The latter choice makes the car 100 lbs heavier.
Speaking of weight, the M2 CS did undergo a liposuction. The hood is now made of carbon fiber, and the same goes for the roof, a new front splitter, a boot lid spoiler and rear diffuser. Inside the cabin things will look eerily similar to the M4 CS as you get no center armrest and a sing-zone climate control system as standard. The side mirror covers are also made of carbon fiber while the forged wheels are lighter than the ones used on the M2 Competition. The 9J x 19-inch wheels at the front weigh just nine kilos, the 10J x 19-inch rear items tip the scales at 10 kilos. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres in 245/35 ZR 19 are used for the front wheels while 265/35 ZR 19 rears complete the package. Owners looking to use their BMW M2 CS predominantly in everyday driving can specify Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires as a no-cost option. These generate more grip on wet road surfaces than the Cup tires.
An additional cover for the oil sump, an additional oil scavenge pump and a sophisticated oil return system near the turbocharger maintain stable oil circulation in both everyday use and hard driving on the track. The engine’s increased appetite for cooling air is reflected among other things in the design of the bonnet, whose integrated air vent helps to expel hot air more effectively. The exhaust system – which represents an upgrade on the BMW M2 Competition’s both visually and aurally – has a dual-branch design and sports the quad tailpipes familiar to BMW M fans. Two electrically controlled flaps ensure that the BMW M2 CS develops an engine note fitting the BMW M profile. And the driver can make further adjustments to the soundtrack through their choice of M Engine Dynamics Control driving mode and using direct selection buttons on the center console.
The center console is also where you're going to find an additional button, that allows you to change the stiffness of the dampers. That's right, the new M2 CS comes with adaptive dampers, a feature missing from the M2 range even as an option. Thanks to it you can now cruise more comfortably while losing no performance. Speaking of which, BMW claims the new M2 CS will do 62 mph from standstill in 4 seconds flat when fitted with the DCT gearbox or 4.2 seconds with the manual. To keep everything in check, carbon ceramic brakes with red brake calipers are now also available.
The new BMW M2 CS will be built in approximately 2,200 units and country allocations have not been set just yet. Pricing starts at €95,000 and the cars will be available starting next spring.