The BMW M2 Competition stepped up the power from M Division’s smallest performance coupe, but now the company is ready to take it to the next level. Just ahead of its official debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show, the hotter M2 CS has revealed itself.
The 2020 BMW M2 CS is even more beefed up than the standard model. Its S55 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six should put out around 444 horsepower, according to BMW’s preliminary estimates. That’s a 39 horsepower bump over the M2 Competition. Torque, however, remains the same at 406 lb-ft. That’s no bad thing, as the car is definitely no slouch. That’s particularly true with its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and even the six-speed manual transmission, both of which remain in the M2 CS. 0-60 times are pegged at 3.8 seconds for the dual-clutch option, or 4.0 seconds for the manual. The top speed should be around 174 mph, though performance figures could change before production.
Standard performance equipment
As with the Competition, the M2 CS gets an Active M differential as well as Adaptive M suspension, in line with the larger M models. M Carbon Ceramic brakes are an option over the standard compound vented rotors, while the gold wheels and Michelin Cup 2 tires come standard on the CS.
Inside, the hottest M2 still gets swathes of Alcantara trim with red stitching, as well as a series of weight-saving materials throughout the car. Pure carbon fiber and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) is used to save weight, although the car’s exact weight isn’t currently listed.
The 2020 BMW M2 CS is slated to go into production in March. Pricing is not available yet, but BMW is limiting production to 2,200 units globally. The MSRP will start north of $59,985, which is what the current M2 Competition costs. We should know more information around the LA Auto Show.