New BMW M2 CS spotted: everything we know so far

March 11, 2024 by

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BMW is already working on an even hotter version of its M2 – the new M2 CS. Read on for all you need to know.

  • New BMW M2 CS spotted
  • Track-focussed version of the M2
  • More aggressive styling with ducktail spoiler
  • Close to 500hp from twin-turbo engine
  • May be lighter than the standard car
  • On sale next year

The new BMW M2 CS has been spotted out and about, with the latest spy shots showing it taking to the ice for winter testing. When it goes on sale later this year it’ll be the most hardcore version of BMW’s small coupe and a baby sibling to the M4 CS.

We expect the M2 CS to feature even more power than the regular M2, plus styling and suspension tweaks aimed at making the Audi RS3 competitor a serious track car.

New BMW M2 CS design

The new BMW M2 CS is in the early stages of development, so it’s pretty well-camouflaged for now. That said, you can still tell that it’ll retain the same basic design as the standard car.

The grille shape is exactly the same, as are the headlights. It’s the lower bumper where you can see a change here with a slightly lower front splitter. A new addition is the ducktail spoiler on the boot lid – a retro addition inspired by the iconic 1970s BMW 3.0 CSL.

Expect to see much of the M2 CS’s bodywork to feature carbon fibre, for weight-saving purposes as well as aesthetic. The wheels fitted to this prototype appear to be the same as the ones found on the BMW M4 CSL.

Aside from a new bootlid, the rear end of the CS looks almost identical to the standard car. That means you still get the large quad exhaust tips, as well as wide wheel arches to accommodate the huge tires.

New BMW M2 CS engine and performance

The standard BMW M2 uses the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine as the BMW M3 and M4, albeit detuned to 460hp.

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You can expect the CS to get a dollop more horsepower than that, although exact numbers are not yet known. It could get close to the 510hp you get in the BMW M3 Competition.

The M2 CS is likely to be available exclusively with BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox, rather than the six-speed manual optionally available on the regular M2. This is because the manual gearbox isn’t capable of of handling this much power.

When will the new BMW M2 CS go on sale?

Expect to see some more details on the new BMW M2 CS by the end of the year.

As for price, it’s almost a certainty that it’ll cost more than the standard M2, with the additional performance pushing it towards the £70,000 mark. It won’t be around forever, either, with all future CS models intended to be limited-run special editions rather than permanent members of the model line-up.

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