BMW M2 CS – A worthy goodbye to the almighty M2
A long wait with spyshots of an M2 with special livery on the Nurburgring has got my heart pumping. And the wait is finally over. Because the M2 will be getting a CS treatment! Only 2200 units will be made.
Underneath, the engine is an upgraded twin turbo S55 which is a 3.0 L 6 cylinder beast. The power has risen to 444 hp and 550 Nm which can be paired to a 6 speed manual or a 7 speed DCT. It´s your choice. 0-100 km/h is done in 4 or 3.8 s depending on which transmission you choose and the top speed is 280 km/h.
Just by looking at the car, there is no question that it is something special. There has been some really big changes. Here is a summary of the most obvious ones. Front splitter, more aerodynamic mirrors, lightweight roof, lightened bonnet with a central air vent, rear diffusor and rear lip spoiler. All in carbon fibre. From this rather big list, you can get a sense that Bmw has not been messing around. With all these details, the car looks like it was made for the track, and from the information the Bmw has released it seems that they will create an M2 CS racing model used for amateur racing.
Other things that you will notice are the lightweight gold wheels which has been clad with Michelin Pilot Sport cup 2s. In other words. A freakishly capable tire. The wheel sits around upgraded brakes which can now be optioned out for carbon ceramics. But if you go for the standard M-sport discs, they are bigger and the calipers are now six piston front and four piston rear, compared to the M2 Competition. To make the engine breathe better, the exhaust system has been redesigned which gives reason to believe that pops and bangs will be plenty.
The entire chassi has been tinkered with in some way or another. A carbon fibre strut brace in the engine bay increase stiffness while only weighting 1.5 kg. Front and rear axles are med in aluminium and the rear control arms are made with forged aluminium. Everything is connected with bearings with minimum flexibility to give the driver complete precision.
If all that was not enough, the car is fitted with a new active M-differential and upgraded dynamic stability control. There is a lot of information about how that works, but if you want to do skids, you can do that, and if you want to attack corners, you can do it even better than before.
Inside you get CS badging, Alcantara everywhere and a center console made entirely in carbon fibre. There is also carbon fibre inserts at the doors. More hardcore bucket seats and an optional M-sport steering wheel dressed in Alcantara.
If you haven’t figured it out that the Bmw M2 CS is one of the craziest cars that Bmw has made in a long time, you need to go to the doctor. The more I read about this car, the more I wanted it. However, with a price of 95 thousand euros, it is some money for that amount of horsepower. But if you look at it as a racing car for the street, it might not be as bad. The car is sure to become a future collector’s item.