If you want one, start running to your dealership.
A few weeks ago, we learned that the beginning of the end for the current BMW M2 has started. Production is slated to end this fall for the European market only, though chances are the US and other markets aren't too far behind. And yes, this accounts for both the M2 and more hardcore M2 CS. With deliveries of the latter slated to get underway sometime later this year, the automaker has yet to announce market allocation. All told, just 2,200 examples of the BMW M2 CS will be built, making it an instant collectible. So, how many are US-bound?
BMW Blog claims it has learned from reliable sources that the figure will only be 400 units. It turns out the original US allocation figure was going to be 500 cars but, for some reason, it's changed. Nothing is official until BMW says it is, but if you haven't already placed an order, it's probably already too late.
Powered by the now very familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six S55 engine also found under the hood of the outgoing BMW M3 and M4, the M2 CS produces a total of 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque - an additional 39 hp over the M2 Competition. Power is directed to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. A few other standard features include an adaptive M suspension, carbon-fiber-reinforced exterior components, 19-inch wheels finished in high-gloss jet black, and M compound brakes. The CS is all about light weight and a pure driving experience, but these CS models have also come to signify the end of a production run in recent years, with the CS versions of both the M3 and M4 heralding the end of their respective production cycles.
Options are limited, but you can tack on larger carbon-ceramic brakes, beautiful gold matt finish wheels, and Michelin Cup 2 performance tires. BMW slashed weight by going with a number of carbon fiber body pieces, specifically the roof, hood, front and rear spoilers, rear diffuser, and side mirrors. Pricing? At least $100,000, before dealers jack up the prices further.
But if any of you are still hoping BMW will change its mind and build more due to high demand (remember the 1 Series M Coupe?), keep dreaming. An all-new BMW 2 Series is just around the corner and that means a new M2 as well.