The boss of BMW M described the M2 CS as a “race car with license plates.”
The BMW M2 is hands down one of the purest driver's cars on the market right now. But it's about to get even better. We've known for a while now that BMW is cooking up a hot M2 CS with more power and less weight than the M2 Competition, and now a report by Carsales claims the wait is very nearly over.
According to the Australian publication, the M2 CS will debut in just a few days in early November. Previous reports also claimed it will make its public debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show, which kicks off on November 18. However, it looks like BMW will show off the new M2 CS online much earlier.
And judging from comments made by BMW M boss Markus Flasch, it will be well worth the wait. Flasch described the M2 CS as "the most crisp and pure BMW M model that we have launched in quite some time" adding that it's "phenomenal and drives like a race car with licence plates." No technical specifications were revealed to back up this claim, but leaked order guides have potentially already provided some juicy details about the M2 CS.
The M2 Competition is already a potent beast, with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 engine pumping out a respectable 405 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. According to the leaked order guide, the M2 CS will increase the output to 450 hp, while torque will be reduced to 368 lb-ft.
Like the regular M2, power will be sent through either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual. To reduce weight, the M2 CS is also expected to get a carbon-fiber roof as standard, and the lightweight material will also be applied to the center console, door handle covers, mirror caps, front splitter, rear diffuser, hood, and rear gurney flap.
These upgrades should make the M2 CS a worthy swansong to the current-generation M2, while also giving BMW's S55 engine a send-off before it gets replaced by BMW's new S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six in the next-generation M3 and M4.