The arrival of the new BMW M2 CS is BMW M GmbH’s first CS model in the premium compact high-performance sector and will build on the success already achieved by the awe-inspiring BMW M3 CS and BMW M4 CS models.
A sports car for everyday use, this special edition will be offered in limited numbers and will form the basis for the BMW M2 CS Racing model, BMW M Motorsport’s new entry point to amateur racing and the new Clubsport segment from the 2020 season.
The exclusive BMW M2 CS is positioned one rung up the performance ladder from the BMW M2 Competition. It blends outstanding track performance with unrestricted everyday usability and sets new, class-leading standards for acceleration, handling dynamics, precision and agility designed to stir the emotions of a younger target audience.BMW M GmbH has used an array of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components to convey the sports pedigree of the BMW M2 CS, with power provided by a twin-turbocharged straight-six 450hp engine – up by 40hp from the BMW M2 Competition.The arrival of the new BMW M2 CS is BMW M GmbH’s first CS model in the premium compact high-performance sector and will build on the success already achieved by the awe-inspiring BMW M3 CS and BMW M4 CS models.
The BMW M2 CS features a number of design modifications over the BMW M2 Competition, such as a bonnet air vent that helps to dissipate hot air more effectively. The BMW M2 CS has retained its sibling’s large kidney grille and large air intakes in the front apron to optimise the flow of air through the car’s front end. The track-tested cooling system originates from the BMW M4 Competition and comprises a central radiator plus two radiators at the sides, along with an additional engine oil cooler. This sophisticated system ensures that optimum operating temperatures are maintained at all times, not only in everyday road use and on short urban journeys, but also during track outings.
Both the bonnet and the roof on the BMW M2 CS are made entirely from carbon fibre. The bonnet, which includes a central air vent in High-gloss Black, has been designed to aid engine cooling and increase the car’s downforce over the front wheels. The bonnet’s weight has been halved, while the new roof makes the body more rigid and appears to have been cut from the same mould as the rest of the car; no trim strips are needed, meaning no visible joins either. This has the additional effect of enhancing acoustics, both inside and outside the car. Dispensing with the customary roof bows and insulation also saves weight and, together with the lighter bonnet, this serves to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, resulting in even better driving dynamics.
The cabin of the BMW M2 CS blends fine Alcantara and innovative lightweight design. Its centre console is made entirely of lightweight carbon fibre, producing a weight saving of more than 50 per cent compared with the standard car. CFRP has also been used for the door handles and door panel trims.
Other features include a door sill plate with M2 CS badging and the lightweight M Sport driver’s seat fitted in the BMW M4 CS. The seat’s bucket-style design takes its inspiration directly from motor racing and guarantees optimum lateral support even when the driver is pushing the limits on the racetrack. The seat backrests are upholstered in Merino leather and Alcantara: they feature red contrast stitching which is carried through on the armrests, the centre console and the door and side panel trim. The front seats’ integral head restraints feature BMW M stripes, while the Merino rear seats sport CS badging and continue the CS-specific red contrast stitching.
The twin-turbocharged six-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW M2 CS is derived from the unit fitted in the BMW M4 Competition Coupe. The engine uses BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and generates 450hp, which is 40hp more than the BMW M2 Competition. Peak torque of 550Nm is on tap between 2,350 and 5,500rpm and this enables the BMW M2 CS to race from zero to 62mph in just 4.0 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed M double-clutch transmission (M DCT). The same sprint takes 4.2 seconds with the six‑speed manual gearbox. Top speed of the special-edition model, which comes complete with the M Driver’s Package, is an electronically governed 174mph.
Manual models achieve combined fuel consumption figures of 27.2-27.7mpg and combined CO2 emissions of 238-233g/km*.
Cars fitted with the M DCT transmission return 29.4mpg-30.1mpg with CO2 emissions of 219-214g/km*.
The M2 CS also benefits from a high level of upgraded standard features over and above the M2 Competition. The BMW Icon Adaptive LED headlights with High Beam Assistant ensure a distinctive appearance on the road with hexagonal day time driving lights, whilst the harman/kardon sound system improves the interior audio experience. Sun Protection Glazing is included as standard, rounding off the sporting appearance of the M2 CS.
The BMW M2 CS is available to order today with first orders arriving in Spring 2020. Contact your local Sytner BMW retailer to find out more.