2021 BMW M2 CS - Everything We Know So Far
Stay up to date with the latest about BMW’s meaner M2 CSby Tudor Rus, on LISTEN 05:30
The feisty BMW M2 has come a long way, but it hasn’t reached its hottest iteration just yet. The BMW M2 CS has been surrounded by a thick layer of rumors over the past few months, which hinted that an official debut might be in sight.
Little did we know. The 2021 BMW M2 CS is, indeed, happening, so we’re not chasing unicorns here. However, fresh details have surfaced on BMW’s yet-to-arrive go-fast car and boy oh boy, it’s coming in hot. Stick we us as we walk you through everything we know about the upcoming BMW M2 CS.
The 2021 BMW M2 CS will get a power hike but won’t be lighter than the M2 Competition
Let’s start with the most recent info we have on BMW’s hardcore M2 CS. Spicy details about the BMW M2 CS have popped up online courtesy of Bimmerpostuser dgm3, who was invited to a private event in Belgium, where BMW spilled official M2 CS details for a select few - we’re thinking loyal customers, dealers perhaps, and friends of the brand.
According to the forum post, the BMW M2 CS will pack 443 horsepower (450 PS).
The most powerful M2 on the market today is the Competition variant, which squeezes 404 horsepower (410 PS) and 550 Newton-meters (405 pound-feet) of torque from a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline engine. So we’re looking at a quite considerable increase. There’s no word on a potential bump in torque, though, so for now let’s assume that it stays the same. But overall, the gain in power output looks very plausible, especially since the M2 Competition uses a new engine that’s based on the same powerplant that moves the BMW M3/M4.
The engine will be mated (as standard) to six-speed manual gearbox, but customers will also have the option to choose the optional M seven-speed, double-clutch transmission that’s already present inside the M2 Competition. In addition, if what the Bimmerpost user is saying is true, then the M2 CS will also ride on an adaptive suspension setup. Stopping power will reportedly come from a sports setup with red brake calipers, with carbon ceramic brakes offered as optional equipment.
On the visual front, the BMW M2 CS will flaunt a set of 763M wheels painted in gold or black and a body kit that carries plenty of carbon fiber bit and bobs; the hood, the roof, the outer mirror cases, the front and rear spoiler lips, and the rear diffuser will all be made of carbon fiber. Rounding up the package is an M Performance exhaust and just four color options: Alpine White, Misano Blue, Hockenheim Silver, and Sapphire Black.
What will the BMW M2 CS be like on the inside?
The cockpit shares the exterior’s love for carbon fiber, especially in the center console area.
A lot of Alcantara will reside inside the BMW M2 CS - on the side of the seats and on the doors (as seen on the BMW M2 Competition), on top of the center console and on the dashboard. Clients can also tick the box next to the optional Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. As for seats, they’ll be the same as in the BMW M4 Competition, if we are to believe the extra-detailed post, meaning they’ll sport red stitching and Merino leather. Another thing that’s mentioned has to do with the rear seats, which can’t be folded anymore.
Any changes in performance for the 2021 BMW M2 CS?
Now, with the increase in power, we’re sure you (just like us) were expecting some sort of drop in weight. Well, apparently, that’s not the case for the BMW M2 CS.
The BMW M2 Performance tips the scales at 1,550 kilos (3,417 pounds) with the six-speed manual and 1,575 kilos (3,472 pounds) with the seven-speed DCT, which will apply to the M2 CS as well. Bummer.
In that scenario, we believe the 2021 BMW M2 CS will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds when fitted with the six-speed manual and 4.2 seconds with the dual-clutch gearbox. These are, in fact, the BMW M2 Competition’s sprint times, which we reckon will either stay the same or get a 0.2-second or 0.3-second improvement at most. Top speed for the M2 Competition is limited at 250 km/h (155 mph) or 280 km/h (174 mph) when the M Driver’s Package is specified. Perhaps the M2 CS will come straight from the factory with the upper top speed limit? There’s no word on this, so we’re keeping an eye on this detail for now.
Last but not least, BMW will kick off assembly works for the BMW M2 CS in March 2020, but production will only last for nine months. That’s exactly until December 2020. 2,200 BMW M2 CS units are expected to be produced and sold around the world.
Read our full speculative review on the 2021 BMW M2 CS/CSL.
Read our full review on the 2019 BMW M2 Competition.
Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.