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BMW M2 CS 2020: Spy shots, design, engine specs and release

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Lightweight model to take design inspiration - and motor - from M3 and M4 CS

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Friday, May 24, 2019 - 2:51pm

BMW is bidding farewell to its current M2 sports coupe by releasing a hardcore, lightweight CS version. 

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The 2 Series, on which the M2 is based, has been on sale since 2014 and a new version of the entry-level coupe is due to arrive next year. 

Before that, BMW is thought to be launching a track-honed M2 CS sports coupe that will adopt a number of elements from the more powerful M3 and M4 models. 

Though the German carmaker has yet to confirm that the M2 CS is in production, spy photographers have snapped M2 development cars wrapped in camouflage testing at Germany’s 12.9-mile Nurburgring race track in recent months that all but confirm the car’s existence. 

The latest shots show test cars covered only in a thin layer of camouflage, suggesting that it may not be long before the M2 CS is unveiled.

While we wait for the car’s reveal, here’s everything we know about the M2’s last hurrah:


According to a leaked document posted on the BMW chat forum Bimmerpost, production of the M2 CS will begin next March and run until December 2020. The short production period suggests that the model will be sold in limited numbers. 

With this is mind, expect the M2 CS to make its public debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs from 12 to 22 September. BMW may, however, wait until the Geneva Motor Show next March to unveil the sports coupe.  


Judging by spy shots posted by Evo in October, when the car appeared at the Nurburgring with no camouflage, the CS will boast a more aggressive look than the regular M2 and M2 Competition. 

The most notable changes are a larger rear spoiler sculpted into the boot lid and a more aggressive front bumper design. The magazine also notes that the car is equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres and carbon ceramic brakes, neither of which are available on the existing M2 Competition. 

The car also adopts the same wheels as the M3 and M4 CS. It is, however, common for carmakers to fit older wheels to its development cars, so the production version of the M2 CS may sport a different design.

Though Evo says the visual upgrades could simply be a part of a new “range of M Performance options” for the M2 Competition, the images match the leaked document on Bimmerpost and more recent snapshots of camouflage-wrapped test cars posted by Motor1 earlier this week.  

Engine and performance

It’s rumoured the M2 CS will simply be a reworked version of the current M2 Competition. 

According to Evo, the M2 CS will be powered by the same S55-spec 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine as the existing M3 and M4. Though the M2 also uses a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six motor, it’s offered in the detuned N55 spec.

At the very least, the M2 CS is expected to match the M3 and M4’s power output of 425bhp - up from the M2 Competition’s 404bhp, the magazine says. However, fans will be hoping that BMW ups the M2 CS’s power even further to match the 454bhp output of the M3 CS and M4 CS. 

Expect the M2 CS to “get the lightweight treatment”, says Motor1. This includes a carbon fibre roof, bonnet, rear wing, wing mirror caps and diffuser at the back of the car. 


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