BMW M2 CS Coupe debuts with 444 hp
The CS edition gains a healthy 39 horsepower over the M2 Competition, making it quicker than the M4 Coupe.
BMW has revealed the M2 CS Coupe, a significant upgrade over the M2 Competition that now overshadows the larger M4 Coupe.
The company's 3.0-liter S55 TwinPower Turbo inline-six produces 444 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, representing a 39-pony jump from the M2 Competition and 19 horses above the basic M4 Coupe.
The CS can hit 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds with a six-speed manual or 3.8 seconds with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, quicker than the M4 Coupe's 4.1- and 3.9-second benchmarks with an automatic or manual transmission, respectively. Top speed is estimated to reach 174 mph, matching the larger coupe.
An electronically controlled Active M Differential can vary the locking effect from zero to 100 percent depending on the drive mode, steering angle, accelerator position, brake pressure, torque, wheel speed and yaw rate. In certain situations the differential locks prematurely, engaging before slip is detected on slippery surfaces and during hard cornering.
Buyers can opt for carbon-fiber upgrades that shave weight from the hood, roof and other body elements, reducing the car's center of gravity and improving aerodynamics. Other upgrades include carbon-ceramic brakes and Michelin Cup 2 tires.
The M2 CS will be produced for one model year only as it begins rolling off the assembly line in March 2020.