The BMW M2 CS just got even more hardcore.
This week, BMW lifted the wraps off the new M2 CS, a faster, lighter version of the already-brilliant M2 Coupe. Now, the automaker has presented its track-only sibling: say hello to the new BMW M2 CSRacing. Based on the road-going M2 CS, the new customer race car is powered by an S55 six-cylinder inline engine that develops between 280 hp and 365 hp depending on motorsport regulations.
Maximum torque is 406 lb-ft, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, BMW Motorsport is also already working on an upgrade package that will increase the output to 450 hp, matching the production M2 CS.
Like the M4 GT4, the M2 CS Racing has special engine management software that uses power sticks to configure different levels of performance. Motorsport-specific driving aids such as ABS and DSC will help novice racers tame the M2 CS Racing at the limit. A mechanical limited-slip differential with pre-load and separate cooling also comes as standard, along with specially manufactured drive shafts. Like its production counterpart, the roof is also made of carbon.
"With the BMW M2 CS Racing, we are continuing the tradition of providing ambitious teams and drivers with an affordable gateway to racing – this time with a car that, with impressive performance data and the latest BMW Motorsport technology, meets all the requirements of a pedigree racing car, better than any previous entry-level model before it," said BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
"Using the perfect base of the BMW M2 CS and in close collaboration with BMW M GmbH colleagues, BMW Motorsport engineers used many of the insights from the development of the BMW M4 GT4 to set totally new standards in the entry-level class with its little brother, the BMW M2 CS Racing. I am confident that we will continue the success story of BMW M Customer Racing vehicles with this car."
Customer deliveries of the BMW M2 CS Racing are planned for mid-2020. Each customer race car will start at 95,000 Euros ($105,304) and be eligible to compete in racing events such as the VLN Endurance Championship Nurburgring and TC America.