This track-only customer racer is now on sale.
The next-generation BMW 2 Series will officially debut next month but before the current F22 model is retired, the folks sitting in Munich decided to release what could be the final iteration of the high-performance version, the M2 CS. BMW Japan has just announced the M2 CS Racing, a track-only model developed by the famed M division specifically as an entry-level customer racer.
Like the road-going version, power comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (no six-speed manual is available here). Two versions are available: 360 horsepower and 444 hp, and there's up to 406 lb-ft of torque available from 2,350 rpm to 5,500 rpm.
The road car, to compare, is also rated at 444 hp and 406 lb-ft. Engine power can be adjusted by a USB stick with a performance level program set for each race. BMW further equipped the car with a unique drive shaft and a mechanical limited slip-diff with a preload-type individual cooling system.
The interior is, as expected, stripped down to the bare essentials. The rear bench has been removed and the standard front seats are swapped in favor of racing-spec Recaro units with a six-point harness. Significant amounts of carbon fiber can also be found to further reduce weight.
Fabric pull handles have been installed for driver convenience and the detachable yoke steering wheel and illuminated switch panel look right at home. A fire extinguishing system provides some peace of mind. Additional standard equipment includes a front splitter, carbon fiber roof, motorsport adjustable rear wing, and matte black 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin slicks. BMW says driving systems like anti-lock brakes and dynamic stability control are both adjustable for racing conditions.
Pricing begins at 14,990,000 yen (base version) and 17,990,000 yen, which converts to about $135,000 and $162,000, respectively, according to current rates. Sales are being handled exclusively at Motoren Toto Co, BMW M motorsport's only Japanese dealer.