The buzz surrounding Bimmer’s new performance machine just got louder

From a purist’s perspective, the upcoming 2020 BMW M2 CS is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated performance cars to hit the market in the near future. It’s been prodded, discussed, and talked about ad nauseam since word came out that Bimmer was developing it.

Turns out, the hype surrounding the M2 CS is only going to get bigger now that new information has come out about the sports car, including key aspects of the M2 CS that will undoubtedly raise the expectations of the coupe ahead of its debut later this year. One important finding? It will have more power than we initially expected. The hype is alive, folks. Brace yourselves for the arrival of Bimmer’s newest pocket rocket.

New Leaks Indicate That the BMW M2 CS Could Be Lighter, Offer More Power Than Expected
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A lot of us have waited a long time for details about the upcoming BMW M2 CS to drop, and now that those details are here, it is with absolute certainty that I can say that all that waiting was worth it. Bimmerpost has the lowdown on details about the M2 CS that was reportedly revealed to attendees of a private BMW event that took place in Belgium last week.

BMW hasn’t confirmed that these details are accurate, but considering that the M2 CS is expected to make its debut before the end of the year, the assumption is that the model is already ready to show its face.

Besides, these details paint a very exciting picture of the M2 CS, and there’s every reason to believe that the performance sedan will not only live up to the hype, but far exceed it.

New Leaks Indicate That the BMW M2 CS Could Be Lighter, Offer More Power Than Expected
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So, here’s what lies out there. BMW is expected to offer only four colors of the M2 CS. Alpine White and Sapphire Black will be joined by Misano Blue and Hockenheim Silver. It’s not a vibrant list of colors, but they don’t need to be if the overall package blows everyone away. Speaking of which, that package also comes with enough carbon fiber components to make Lamborghini blush. The new hood, roof, outside mirror covers, trunk lip spoiler, front spoiler lip, and rear diffuser are all made from carbon fiber or at least feature carbon fiber elements. The M2 CS badge, on the other hand, is finished in chrome.

Design-wise, the M2 CS shouldn’t be all that different from the M2, though the addition of all these carbon fiber bits is a good sign that the M2 CS will be a lot lighter than the standard M2.

Inside, significant changes also await future owners of the M2 CS. The door and seat designs receive generous amounts of Alcantara while the door handles and center console will also be decked in carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the seats are lifted directly from the M4 Competition and will feature red stitching. It’s unclear if that’s standard across all M2 CS models regardless of the exterior color, but red stitching isn’t a bad visual. It works aesthetically no matter what color the M2 CS comes in. Of particular interest to some people will be the back seats. According to the information culled by Bimmerpost, the back seats in the M2 CS are fixed, meaning that they cannot be folded.

New Leaks Indicate That the BMW M2 CS Could Be Lighter, Offer More Power Than Expected
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Now comes the real jaw-dropper.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS will be powered by Bimmer’s 3.0-liter straight-six engine. It will produce 450 horsepower.

All that power will be fed to the two rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, though there is an option to avail the seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in the event that you want one. The figure is notable, in part because it represents an increase of almost 50 horsepower compared to what will end up becoming the next-most powerful version of the M2, the 404-horsepower M2 Competition. The M2 CS will also have an 80-horsepower advantage over the standard M2. It doesn’t sound like a lot considering the inherently high output of the model, but 80 horsepower is huge in a car as small and as light as the M2 CS.

There was no mention of performance times, but since the M2 CS is expected to weigh roughly the same or maybe a tad heavier, than the 1,550-kilo (3,417 pounds) M2 Performance. That should affect the performance time of the M2 CS, and as far as estimates go, we think the most hardcore of M2 models will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around 4.4 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission and 4.2 seconds with the automatic dual-clutch transmission. Top speed should also be limited to 155 mph, though we suspect that BMW will also offer the M Driver’s Package to the M2 CS. Doing so should raise the coupe’s top speed to 186 mph, or the same as the M2 Competition.

Beyond these figures, the BMW M2 CS will also come with an active suspension and updated sports brakes with red brake calipers.

That should come as standard while carbon-ceramic brakes will be optional. In any case, the brakes will sit behind a set of 762 M wheels finished in either gold or black with regular or track-focused tires available to future owners of the sports coupe.

New Leaks Indicate That the BMW M2 CS Could Be Lighter, Offer More Power Than Expected
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With all that established, here’s the downer part of this entire drop of details about the BMW M2 CS. According to BMW, the hell-raising coupe will have a production capacity of just 2,200 models sold worldwide. There was no mention of region allocation, including the North American market, but since the private event took place in Belgium, it was revealed that the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg) region will only receive 100 units of the M2 CS. Hey, better 100 than nothing, right?

In any event, production of the 2020 BMW M2 CS will begin in March 2020 and will last until December 2020.

That’s a nine-month production schedule, at least if BMW’s timetable goes according to plan. The price of the 2020 BMW M2 CS wasn’t revealed so at least that’s one aspect of the sports car that’s still up for speculation. Considering that the BMW M2 Competition was priced from $58,900, it’s safe to assume that the BMW M2 CS will easily command a price north of $60,000.

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Now that you know all these details, are you still as excited about the 2020 BMW M2 CS? You don’t have to ask us that question because you already the answer.

Further Reading

2021 BMW M2 CS Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2021 BMW M2 CS/CSL.

2019 BMW M2 Competition Exterior Wallpaper quality
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so BMW probably won’t increase pricing too much

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW M2 Competition.

2016 - 2018 BMW M2 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.

Source: Bimmer Post

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