The highly limited M2 CS will even outperform the M4 Competition.
There are many things in life that are not certain, but one that is is the upcoming release of a more hardcore version of the BMW M2, the M2 CS. Between confirmation from various sources and spy shots of M2 test mules wearing more aerodynamically aggressive body kits, there is plenty of evidence that the M2 CS will soon be out to celebrate the current-generation 2 Series' final years on the market before it's replaced by a new generation.
We've already heard juicy details about the car - like how it will be called the "M2 CS" rather than "M2 CSL," how it might get an upgraded version of the M4's S55 engine making even more power than the M4 Competition, or how the M2 CS could get an optional manual transmission - but new evidence posted to BimmerPost gives us a more clear idea of what we should expect from BMW's most hardcore M2.
The information comes from a product bulletin allegedly leaked from a BMW dealership in Mexico, but the fact that it doesn't look like an official BMW document means that we should take it with skepticism and a grain of salt. That being said, the upgrades listed in the bulletin look just like what BMW would add to its most ludicrous M2. They include hardware that helps achieve drastic weight-saving targets, like a standard carbon fiber roof with a new design and carbon used to make parts like the center console, door handle covers, mirror caps, front splitter, rear diffuser, hood, and rear gurney flap.
Helping reduce unsprung weight is a set of 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels that'll cover optional M carbon ceramic brakes and can be wrapped in one of two tire choices. But it's under the hood where you find the biggest addition to the M2 CS' war chest. According to the leak, the M2 CS will have an engine that makes 450 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.
That's a substantial 45 horsepower gain over the M2 Competition but a 37 lb-ft loss in torque compared to the Competition, bringing the CS' torque figures back in line with the standard M2's. That power will get routed to the rear wheels through the same transmissions M2 buyers get, an optional 7-speed dual clutch automatic or the standard 6-speed manual (hooray!). Rounding out the package will supposedly be an Adaptive M suspension system, an Alcantara M steering wheel, a modified exhaust system, M Competition seats straight out of the M4 CS, Alcantara interior trim with red contrast stitching, and M2 CS badges placed around the vehicle.
Perhaps the most exciting pieces of information the leaked document gives us are production dates and volume numbers. According to the bulletin, the M2 CS is expected to go into production in March of 2020 and end production in December of the same year. Total volume is expected to sit at 2,200 units, meaning the M2 CS will not be easy for the casual enthusiast to obtain. This is all assuming the bulletin is the real deal and not just fake news, of course.