The best BMW M car in years is about to get better.
After the reveal of the BMW M4 CS at last month’s Shanghai Auto Show, it seems like only a matter of time before the fabled M2 gets the track-focused treatment. While the M2 recently received a facelift, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference from the original model. Crucially, there were no performance upgrades, leaving enthusiasts craving for the hardcore, track-focused M2 CS rumored to pack at least 400 horsepower. Following spy shots, a new video claims to show a BMW M2 CS prototype being given a workout at the Nurburgring.
The front-end and rear taillights are disguised in camouflage, which indicates we’re looking at a new facelifted M2. As it tears around the track, it sounds angrier than the standard M2, suggesting a new engine is lurking under the hood. That engine is said to be a downgraded S55 lifted from the M3 and M4 replacing the standard M2’s N55 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged unit.
Of course, BMW doesn’t want the M2 CS to surpass its M4 CS sibling. The S55 unit powering the M4 CS delivers 460 hp, which has been downgraded to around 410 hp for the M2 CS according to sources, but that's still a significant upgrade over the standard car's 365 hp. If the M4 CS is anything to go by, the M2 CS will also benefit from an upgraded chassis with sports tuned suspension, and lighter, more aerodynamic components to complement the extra power, bringing the M2 closer to its arch rival, the Porsche Cayman GT4. Hopefully it won't be too long until we find out how BMW is planning to make one of the best M cars in years even better.