With M2 production set to shut in the coming years, BMW has decided to send its fan-favourite coupe off with a bang in the form of the 2020 M2 CS.
Based on the Competition variant, the CS is a more hardcore take on the M2 formula, with more power, a stiffer chassis and a more aggressive look to boot.
Under the bonnet is the same M3-sourced, 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six employed by the existing Competition, now tuned to produce 331kW of power – up 29kW – and 550Nm of torque.
Drive is still sent to the rear wheels through a choice of a standard six-speed manual (purists, rejoice) or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 0-100km/h times are pegged at 4.0 and 4.2 seconds for the two-pedal and three-pedal boxes respectively, with both hitting V-max at 280km/h.
The fastest M2 hasn’t earned its CS badge just through bonus brawn under the bonnet, as notable weight-saving measures have taken place. Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic has been used extensively throughout the coupe’s body panels, namely the roof, front splitter, rear Gurney flap, rear diffuser, strut brace and an all-new vented bonnet that’s 50 per cent lighter than before.
Oddly, despite the extensive use of CFRP, the M2 CS is no lighter than the ‘regular’ Competition that it’s based on. However, adaptive M suspension with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes is bundled as standard (for the first time on an M2), in addition to larger M Sport steel brakes with larger 400mm front and 380mm rear discs and beefier six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.
Carbon-ceramic units of identical dimensions are available as an (albeit pricey) option, which shave 22kg off the kerb weight.
It rides as standard on 19-inch gold-finished alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, though they can be swapped for more road-oriented Michelin Pilot Super Sport treads at no cost.
Inside, newly-fitted lightweight sports seats borrowed from the larger M4 complement Alcantara trim, ‘CS‘ embroidered dashboard badging and a centre stripe on the steering wheel.
The 2020 BMW M2 CS will make its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show later this month, ahead of an Australian launch in the middle of 2020.