BMW’s M2 CS is 444bhp-worth of awesome

Published: 06 November 2019

► BMW M2 CS revealed
► 444bhp and gold wheels!
► It's also £75,320...

BMW has introduced the final send-off for its pocket powerslider – this is the M2 CS. It’s been revealed ahead of the 2019 LA motor show.

Weight has been saved, tricks have been stuffed under sleeves and power has been upped for this rabid two-door track day hooligan. It’ll go on sale in Spring 2020.

Power has been upped?

It has. The 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six S55 engine has seen power increase from 404bhp in the M2 Competition to 444bhp. Peak torque remains at 406lb ft.

The good-er news is that the M2 CS is available with both a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DCT, still. BMW claims a 4.0sec 0-62mph sprint for the auto, 4.2sec sprint for the manual.

Weight has been saved?

By replacing plenty of materials with carbonfibre, which will have undoubtedly added a considerable amount to the rather large price tag.

The bonnet is all CFRP now, complete with its own vent for better airflow. The front splitter, rear Gurney flap, rear diffuser and roof are all made of the stuff.

BMW M2 CS rear tracking

The 19-inch wheels (available in gold!) weigh just 9kg at the front, 10kg at the rear. Carbon ceramic brakes are optional.

Tricks under sleeves?

An active differential not only has the usual drive modes but an M Dynamic Mode, too. According to BMW, the MDM mode ‘allows a greater degree of wheel slip, which can be useful in certain situations such as high-speed track driving’. Some funster managed to get that past management, it seems.

When and how much?

Well, the M2 CS’s biggest flaw is its rather large price tag: it’s £75,320 before any options. Ouch.

Still, if you’re interested, you can order one now with first deliveries arriving in the spring of 2020.

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By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches