BMW is imminently ending production of its M2, but the high-performance machine isn’t going out without a bang.
This is the M2 CS — a lightened, hardened and more powerful version of the rear-driven coupe. Based on the already-impressive M2 Competition, power from the CS’ 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine is ramped up to 444bhp — a 40bhp increase — with torque weighing in at 550Nm.
Power is sent to the rear wheels, with the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic offered. With the latter, 0-60mph comes in 3.8 seconds (4.0 for manual cars) with both variants capable of 174mph.
Helping harness this increase in power is the introduction of the firm’s Adaptive M suspension setup, stickier Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and high-performance brakes all as standard. Drivers looking for more road usability can opt for Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres — which offer less grip in dry conditions but better water clearance — with optional carbon ceramic brakes offered for even better stopping power.
In a bid to cut weight from the body, BMW has introduced a new carbon fibre roof and bonnet to the car — with the former also improving the chassis’ rigidity. The new bonnet also brings a racier visual to the car, thanks to a large central vent.
Adding to the aesthetic is a new front splitter with an exposed carbon fibre lip, as well as a rear diffuser from the same material. A redesigned exhaust system gives it a little more presence on the road too, with a CS-exclusive Misano Blue metallic paint also introduced.See Available M2 Deals
Lightweight enhancements continue through to the cabin, where a centre console made entirely from carbon fibre now features. Carbon fibre-reinforced plastic door handles and panel trims have also been drafted in.
Rounding out the improvements for the M2 CS is the standard inclusion of adaptive LED headlights, a harman/kardon sound system and sun protection glazing for the windows.
Now available to order, the BMW M2 CS is offered from £75,320. First deliveries are expected in Spring 2020.