But it nearly ended badly.
Unveiled last year, the BMW M2 CS is arguably one of the best BMW M cars in recent years, based on the already brilliant M2 Coupe Competition. Under the hood is the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged S55 six-cylinder engine found in the M4 Competition generating 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, an increase of 39 hp over the regular BMW M2 Competition, while torque remains the same.
Combined with less weight and track-tuned suspension, the BMW M2 CS should be capable of setting impressive lap times. To see how it performs, Sport Auto took the BMW M2 CS for a spin at the Nurburgring for a timed hot lap.
Wearing Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with 245/35 R19s at the front and 265/35 R19s at the rear, the BMW M2 CS appears to cope with the demands of the challenging Nurburgring circuit with ease. The lap almost wasn't without incident, however.
At around eight minutes into the video, the driver, German journalist Christian Gebhardt, approaches a corner at speed causing the car to understeer, veer onto the grass and nearly slam into the wall. Luckily, Gebhardt manages to skilfully keep the car under control, rejoin the track, and still post a respectable lap time.
Despite this hair-raising moment, the BMW M2 CS posted a time of seven minutes and 42.99 seconds. That's around ten seconds faster than the time Sport Auto posted in the BMW M2 Competition, but it likely wasn't using the same tires. The time also makes the BMW M2 CS faster than an Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and Pagani Zonda S, and only around a second slower around the Nurburgring than the Porsche Cayman GT4, Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce, and Porsche 911 GT3 997.
Production of the BMW M2 CS is limited to just 2,200 units, only 400 of which will be sold in the US.