The arrival of the new BMW M2 CS heralds BMW M GmbH’s first ever foray into the premium compact segment with its prestigious and overtly sporty portfolio of limited run special-edition models. The exclusive BMW M2 CS is positioned one rung up the performance ladder from the BMW M2 Competition and will build on the success already achieved by the BMW M3 CS and BMW M4 CS models. This Immensely capable car also serves as a 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 BMW M2 CS has an even sharper look about it than the BMW M2 Competition and blends outstanding track performance with unrestricted everyday usability to create a four-seater sports car of exceptional appeal. The BMW M2 CS sets new, class-leading standards for acceleration, handling dynamics, precision and agility, making it the perfect choice for fans of high-calibre high-performance cars. The new gateway into the world of BMW M GmbH products will also stir the emotions of a younger target audience. Prices for the BMW M2 CS start at €95,000.
BMW M GmbH has used an array of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components to give the limited-run special-edition BMW M2 CS an extremely sporty appearance that vividly conveys its exceptional agility and dynamism before a wheel has turned. The output of the twin-turbocharged straight-six engine has increased to 331 kW (450 hp) – up 29 kW (40 hp) on the BMW M2 Competition – while the Adaptive M suspension hitherto reserved for the M4 models and the Michelin Cup tyres transfer this immense power to track and road alike to optimum effect. Commensurate levels of stopping power are provided by the standard M Sport brakes with red-painted callipers or optional M Carbon ceramic brakes.
New bonnet and roof made from carbon fibre.
A new CFRP bonnet, created specially for the BMW M2 CS, complements the BMW M2 premiere of a roof also made entirely from carbon fibre.
The bonnet of the BMW M2 Competition has been modified to include an eye-catching central air vent in High-gloss Black towards its leading edge. The new design increases the car’s downforce over the front wheels and also aids engine cooling. The bonnet’s weight, meanwhile, has been halved. The new roof, with its sandwich design, 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. And dispensing with the customary roof bows and insulation also saves weight. Together with the lighter bonnet, this serves to lower the vehicle’s centre of gravity, resulting in even better driving dynamics.
Front splitter, Gurney and rear diffuser optimise aerodynamics.
The new front splitter located south of the front apron, the Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid and the rear diffuser are all made from exposed carbon fibre, giving them a striking appearance. Inspired by aerodynamic components used in racing cars, this trio of add-ons gives the M2 CS greater downforce and channels the air flowing around and underneath the body to optimise aerodynamics. The carbon-fibre caps of the streamlined M twin-stalk exterior mirrors round off the CFRP elements in the M2 CS. Bringing the car’s design to a stunning conclusion is the redesigned dual-branch exhaust system with its quartet of stainless-steel tailpipes, M logo and M2 CS badge. The Misano Blue metallic paint finish is exclusive to the new BMW M2 CS.
Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes fitted as standard.
Underpinning the sensational driving dynamics of the BMW M2 CS are the standard-fitted Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes designed with the help of the motor-racing know-how. Formerly the preserve of the M4 models, Adaptive M suspension gives drivers the choice of Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, each of which alters the damper settings. Comfort mode offers excellent ride comfort in everyday urban driving, Sport lends itself to powering along country roads, and drivers taking their BMW M2 CS out on a track will want to select Sport+; the firmest chassis setup minimises body movement and maximises dynamic performance. The Electric Power Steering with M-specific characteristics – which controls power assistance electronically according to the car’s speed and the Drivelogic settings selected – allows the driver to adapt the level of power assistance to suit their personal preferences and is also adjusted in line with the three suspension modes. The M Sport brakes also benefit from the motor racing experience of BMW M GmbH. Compared with the M compound brakes featured on the BMW M2 Competition, the brake discs are larger (front: diameter 400 mm, rear: diameter 380 mm) and the brake callipers – painted in a bold red colour have also been upgraded (front: six-piston fixed callipers, rear: four-piston fixed callipers). This highly capable system delivers exceptional braking performance with outstanding stopping power in all conditions, plus excellent fade resistance and thermal stability. The BMW M2 CS is also available with the option of M Carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston callipers at the front and four-piston units at the rear. These are lighter, can withstand the sorts of extreme loads exerted during track use and are longer lasting too.