This render gives us our best look yet at the upcoming BMW M2 CS.
When BMW revealed the track-focused M4 CS, there were renewed hopes that the acclaimed M2 will also be getting the hardcore treatment after receiving a minor facelift. While a camouflaged M2 CS test mule was recently spied at the Nurburgring, the M2 CS isn't expected to be revealed until later this year before going into production in 2018. To ease the wait, this design render by Cars.co.za gives us our best look yet at how the M2 CS could potentially look.
Taking its cues from the M4 CS, the M2 CS has been enhanced with a more aggressive front end sporting a carbon fiber diffuser, new lightweight wheels and a lower center of gravity. It's also likely to adopt a rear diffuser, a fixed rear spoiler, upgraded brakes and suspension, and sticky Michelin tires to improve traction. Reports have suggested that the M2 CS will be powered by an S55 unit lifted from the M3 and M4 replacing the standard M2's N55 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged unit. Chances are it will be detuned so that the M2 CS doesn't outpace its burlier brothers. The S55 powering the M4 CS produces 460 hp, so expect the M2 CS to deliver around 400 hp.
If the M4 CS is anything to go by, the M2 CS will also be very limited – only 3,000 examples of the M4 CS are being produced. Curiously, Cars.co.za claims that the M2 CS will be offered exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission according to a source close to the testing team. That may come as a surprise considering the M5 will only be offered with an eight-speed automatic, but will undoubtedly please purists if true. As a pure drivers' car, the M2 CS could become one of the best M cars ever made.