We’d Like to Say You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too, But the M2 CS Isn’t Built That Way

The 2020 BMW M2 CS is finally here, and it comes with BMW’s legendary S55, 3.0-liter inline-six, which now boasts 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It’s also gleaming with carbon fiber outside and packed full of Alcantara with contrast stitching inside. It’s certainly lighter and faster than the M2 Competition, but by how much?

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Is More Powerful Than the M2 Competition, But There’s a Torque Problem

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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BMW has taken the same S55, 3.0-liter, Inline Six from the M2 Competition and massaged it to deliver a cold-hearted 444 horsepower. Obviously, some intense tuning came into play to make this happen, but the Competition’s torque output of 406 pound-feet carries over.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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That doesn’t mean that M2 Competition isn’t faster, though. While the Competition hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a manual transmission or 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed DCT, the M2 CS makes the same sprint in 4.0 and 3.8 seconds, respectively.

There’s no word on top speed or curb weight quite yet, but we’re guessing top speed will be limited to 174 mph with the M Driver’s package (just like the Competition) while the curb weight has probably dropped by a couple hundred pounds.

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A dual-branch exhaust system with electronically controlled valves gives the M2 CS a unique tone that we’ve never heard before.

BMW M2 Specs Comparison
BMW M2 BMW M2 Competition BMW M2 CS
Engine 3.0-liter inline-six 3.0-liter inline-six 3.0-liter inline-six
Horsepower 365 HP 405 HP 444 HP
Torque 343 LB-FT 406 LB-FT 406 LB-FT
0-60 mph 4.3-4.5 Seconds 4.2-4.4 Seconds 3.8-4.0 Seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH 174 MPH (w/ M Driver's Package) 178 MPH (est)

2020 BMW M2 CS Suspension

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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It’s not just about the power output that makes the M2 CS special. BMW has taken great strides to make the M2 faster in corners as well. For the first time, the M2 CS comes standard with an Adaptive M Suspension system. We don’t know how this will affect the driving dynamics for sure, but compared to the standard M2, you should experience less body roll, a smoother ride, and better cornering capability. We don’t have specifications quite yet, but we’re guessing the M2 CS sits a few tenths of an inch lower than both the M2 Competition and standard M2.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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The 2020 BMW M2’s Exterior Features Carbon Fiber Done Right

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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BMW wasn’t exactly stingy when it came to placement of carbon fiber. You can find it all over the exterior of the car, including:

  • Front splitter
  • Sideview mirrors
  • Rear fin (on the decklid)
  • New rear diffuser
  • The entire roof
  • Center transmission tunnel

While this surely has something to do with weight savings more than anything (official values yet to be released,) it also adds to the unique appearance of the M2 CS, so that’s a win-win in our book.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS – an Interior of Dreams

The 2020 BMW M2 CS Dethrones the M2 Competition In ALMOST Every Way
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I know that this interior looks quite familiar, as we’ve been staring at it since the M2 was launched back in 2016, but this time BMW has outdone itself with Alcantara. You can literally find the material everywhere, including

  • The door panels
  • The steering wheel
  • Dashboard
  • Armrest,
  • Shifter boot
  • Handbrake boot
  • Side bolsters of the seats
  • headliner
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All of the leather and Alcantara are held together by red contrast stitching. It looks amazing, but at the same time, it almost seems like too much. A digital instrument cluster rounds out the interior, and there’s a good chance that we’ll see CS-specific graphics built into the infotainment system as well.

Robert Moore
Editor-in-Chief and Automotive Expert - robert@topsped.com
Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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