The world of BMW Coupe Sport vehicles is getting bigger. The already highly acclaimed M3 CS and M4 CS were joined by the M2 CS, an evolution of the M2 Competition. In Bavarian speak, the car is considered the “first exclusive and limited-run special-edition model created by BMW M GmbH for the premium compact class.”
More to the point, the car is meant to slot one level above the M2 Competition and appeal to a different set of buyers. That translates into a car with more power, thanks to the M4-derived engine, distinct styling and, for the first time in the CS line, the use of a six-speed manual transmission as standard.
The M2 CS takes the Competition variant to whole new levels in terms of styling, right from the way in which the lines are drawn. One of the main goals of the BMW engineers was to bring the car’s weight down – in all, the M2 CS car weighs 1,625 kg, complete with a 68 kg driver, 7 kg of luggage and a 90 percent full gas tank. They did this by making extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). This material is mostly visible on the new bonnet (which is 50 percent lighter than one made of the usual material), and on the roof.
The M2 CS rides on 19-inch Y-spoke forged wheels in a high-gloss black but they can optionally be painted for bling in matt gold. The rubbers fitted on the rims are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2. The whole car is painted in a special color, unique to the model, called Misano Blue. The engine that hides under the hood of the M2 CS has seen action before on other BMW cars, only this time it comes with some modifications.
We’re talking about a 3.0-liters six-cylinder in-line petrol engine boosted by the M TwinPower Turbo hardware to develop 335kW (450 hp) and 550 Nm of torque. That’s 29kW (40 hp) more than on the Competition model the M2 CS is inspired from. For the first time in the CS range, the M2 brings to the table a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those who hate driving a stick can however optionally go for even-speed M double-clutch transmission. When packing this transmission, the car returns a fuel economy of 10.4 – 10.2 liters/100 km, or 27.2 – 27.7 mpg.
Fitted with the manual, the M2 CS sprints to 100km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, and is 0.2 seconds faster with the automatic. The top speed, usually limited, can go as high as 280 km/m (174 mph) when the M2 is equipped with the M Driver’s Package.