BMW’s M performance division is sending the first-generation M2 off on a high with the introduction of a new, limited-edition CS model.
The powered-up coupe, revealed ahead of a planned public debut at the upcoming 2019 Los Angeles auto show, goes into production next March with volumes capped at 2,200 units. North American deliveries begin in April 2020.
Differentiating the track-focused M2 CS from the M2 Competition are several subtle exterior upgrades, including a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic hood with a central air vent and a carbon-fiber roof. BMW claims the hood weighs half as much as the steel structure used by the M2 Competition.
Further changes to increase downforce include a new splitter element on the lower edge of the front bumper, a trunklid spoiler and multichannel diffuser – all made from carbon fiber.
Also included as standard are new lightweight 19-in. forged aluminum wheels in either a Jet Black or Matte Gold finish.
Despite the weight-saving measures, the curb weight of the M2 CS is 3,417 lbs. (1,551 kg) the same as that of the M2 Competition in standard 6-speed manual guise, BMW says.
The new M model comes in an exclusive Misano Blue metallic as well as Hockenheim Silver, Black Sapphire and Alpine White.
Power for the M2 CS comes from a reworked version of BMW M division’s S55 engine that uses a redesigned dual-branch exhaust system with twin electrically controlled flaps for added acoustic qualities. The twin-turbocharged 3.0L gasoline I-6 runs the same state of tune as that used by the M4 Competition, developing 444 hp at 6,250 rpm. This 40-hp increase on the M2 Competition launched in 2018 gives the new M2 CS a weight-to-power ratio of 7.7 lbs. (3.5 kg) per hp.
Torque remains at 405 lb.-ft. (549 Nm) on a band of revs between 2,350 and 5,500 rpm.
The increased reserves are channeled through either a standard 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, both using a 3.46:1 final drive, and an electronically controlled Active M-differential.
BMW claims a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 4.2 seconds and 4.0 seconds for the manual and dual-clutch versions of the M2 CS. The fourth-gear 50- to 75-mph spit (80- to 121 km/h) is put at 3.3 seconds and 3.1 seconds, respectively. With a so-called Driver’s Package, which includes 245/35 profile front and 265/35 profile rear 19-in. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as standard, top speed is nominally limited to 174 mph. (280 km/h).
By comparison, the 404-hp M2 Competition boasts an official 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds in manual guise.
Among the chassis tweaks to the M2 CS is a standard Adaptive M suspension featuring adaptive dampers and the choice of three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Also standard are upgraded M Sport brakes with 15.7-in. (40-cm) steel discs and 6-piston calipers at the front and 15.0-in. (38-cm) steel discs and 4-piston calipers at the rear. As an option, buyers can specify M Carbon ceramic brake discs.
Inside, the M2 CS receives a carbon-fiber center console that is claimed to weigh less than half of the M2 Competition’s plastic console, as well as M Sport seats from the M4 CS.
Further equipment upgrades on the new M2 model include standard BMW Icon Adaptive LED headlamps, a Harman Kardon audio system and sun protection glazing.