The BMW M2 & M2 Competition Thread

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The 2020 BMW M2 CS Sends Out The 2 Series With A Lot Of Carbon Fiber

Perhaps your opinion of the BMW 2 Series range has declined somewhat with the introduction of the new Ford Focus—I mean 2 Series Gran Coupe. Understandable! So if a Mini-based sedan isn’t your idea of what a 2 Series should be, consider this instead: the BMW M2 CS, the swan song for this great rear-drive coupe. It comes with lots of carbon fiber. Get excited.

The 2 Series lineup is confusing these days, and this generation of the rear (and all)-wheel drive coupe is set to sign off for good soon. But the good news is it will be replaced by another RWD and AWD coupe, because evidently BMW sells enough SUVs to still justify fun two-door cars. The CS is possibly the ultimate evolution of the current car, and it looks promising so far.

Powered by the S55 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six, the M2 CS puts out 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. That’s nearly 40 horses more than the M2 Competition and almost as much as the M3. In standard six-speed manual form, it does zero to 60 mph in four seconds flat; with the seven-speed dual-clutch, it’s slightly quicker at 3.8 seconds.

There are a few upgrades here besides the power as well. The M2 CS gets a unique dual-branch exhaust system with electronically-controlled exhaust valves, standard Adaptive M suspension for the first time, and a carbon fiber hood with half the weight of a standard steel hood. There’s also a carbon fiber roof, front splitter, rear spoiler, rear diffuser and door mirrors. Even the center transmission tunnel console is made of carbon fiber too. BMW isn’t listing the exact weight savings over the M2 Competition just yet, but I’m sure they’re decent given all that carbon fiber.


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BMW M2 CS

The arrival of the new BMW M2 CS heralds BMW M GmbH's first ever foray into the premium compact segment with its prestigious and overtly sporty portfolio of limitedrun special-edition models. The exclusive BMW M2 CS is positioned one rung up the performance ladder from the BMW M2 Competition and will build on the success already achieved by the BMW M3 CS and BMW M4 CS models. This Immensely capable car also serves as a basis for the BMW M2 CS Racing model, BMW M Motorsport's new entry point to amateur racing and the new Clubsport segment from the 2020 season.

The BMW M2 CS has an even sharper look about it than the BMW M2 Competition and blends outstanding track performance with unrestricted everyday usability to create a four-seater sports car of exceptional appeal. The BMW M2 CS sets new, class-leading standards for acceleration, handling dynamics, precision and agility, making it the perfect choice for fans of high-calibre high-performance cars. The new gateway into the world of BMW M GmbH products will also stir the emotions of a younger target audience. Prices for the BMW M2 CS start at €95,000.

"The joint development of the BMW M2 CS and BMW M2 CS Racing underscores the close links between BMW Motorsport and BMW M GmbH," explains Markus Flasch, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH. "Our skillsets converge at the midway point between high-performance cars for the road and all-out racing machines - i.e. in the expanding Clubsport segment. We're covering this niche with the Clubsport variant of the BMW M2 CS Racing and will be working in a similar direction with future special-edition models from BMW M."

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The twin-turbocharged six-cylinder in-line engine in the BMW M2 CS is derived from the unit fitted in the BMW M4 Competition Coupe and offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it has an extraordinary appetite for revs for a turbocharged engine, plus linear power build-up over a wide rpm band and a distinctive soundtrack. And M TwinPower Turbo technology keeps peak torque on tap across a wide engine speed range. But the engine will also put a smile on the driver's face with its exemplary efficiency.

The straight-six generates maximum output of 331 kW (450 hp) at 6,250 rpm, 29 kW (40 hp) more than the BMW M2 Competition. Peak torque of 550 Newton metres (405 lb-ft) is on tap between 2,350 and 5,500 rpm. This enables the BMW M2 CS to race to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in just 4.0 seconds when equipped with the optional seven-speed M doubleclutch transmission (M DCT). The same sprint takes 4.2 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox. The top speed of the special-edition model, which comes complete with the M Driver's Package, is an electronically governed 280 km/h (174 mph).


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New BMW M2 CS: official details of 444bhp, £75k run-out special

Track-focused version of BMW's smallest M car revealed ahead of LA motor show debut, with carbon parts, new aero features and more power

BMW’s M division is sending the current M2 off on a high with the introduction of a new, limited-edition CS model, and now it's official after leaking online yesterday.

The last-hurrah performance coupe, revealed here ahead of its first public debut at the Los Angeles motor show, goes on sale in the UK this week at a price of £75,320. Right-hand drive deliveries are planned to begin next April.

Differentiating the track-focused M2 CS from the £51,425 M2 Competition are a number of exterior upgrades, such as a carbonfibre-reinforced plastic bonnet with a central air vent and a carbonfibre roof. The bonnet’s weight is claimed to be half that of the steel structure used for the M2 Competition.

Power for the M2 CS comes from a reworked version of M division’s S55 engine that uses a redesigned dual-branch exhaust system with controllable flaps for acoustics. The twin-turbo 3.0-litre petrol inline six runs the same state of tune as it does in the M4 Competition, developing 444bhp at 6250rpm. That’s a 40bhp increase on the M2 Competition and gives the M2 CS a power-to-weight ratio of 286bhp per tonne. Torque stays at 405lb ft.

The increased reserves are channelled through a standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronically controlled Active M differential. BMW claims a 0-62mph time of 4.2sec for the manual-equipped M2 CS and 4.0sec for the dual-clutch version. By comparison, the 404bhp M2 Competition has an official 0-62mph time of 4.4sec in manual guise.

 

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New BMW M2 CS revealed! 331 kW limited-run model confirmed for SA

BMW has whipped the covers off the new M2 CS, which it bills as a “limited-run” special edition positioned above the M2 Competition.

The local arm of the German firm says the newcomer will arrive in South Africa "from the second quarter of 2020".

The new M2 CS employs a 3,0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol developing 331 kW and 550 N.m (yes, the same peak outputs of the outgoing M4 Competition). That’s enough, says BMW, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4,0 seconds in the case of the seven-speed dual-clutch model.

That claimed acceleration figure rises to 4,2 seconds with a six-speed manual gearbox specified. Regardless of the chosen transmission, the electronically governed top speed comes in at 280 km/h thanks to the standard fitment of the M Driver’s Package.

The M2 CS furthermore features a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic bonnet, complete with a central air vent the Munich-based firm says “increases downforce and improves engine cooling”. The roof, too, is fashioned from CFRP.

 

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BMW reveals M2 CS with more power and track-focused features

BMW’s M2 Competition is already a heavenly concoction for enthusiasts that like their power delivered the old fashioned way, but now BMW has raised the game once again with an even more hardcore CS version.

Joining the similarly badged M3 and M4 models, the M2 CS not only boasts an array of bespoke lightweight components, but it also gets a very useful power increase over the M2 Competition.

In fact, its 3-litre six-cylinder turbopetrol is now in the same state of tune as in the M3 and M4 Competition models, with outputs of 331kW at 6250rpm and 550Nm from 2350 revs - which is a 29kW improvement over the M2 Comp. The M Division has also thrown in an updated exhaust system that promises even more in the way of aural delight.

As per the regular M2, CS buyers can choose between a seven-speed M dual-clutch automated gearbox and a good old fashioned six-speed manual, which is becoming a rarity in the sports car world. Of course, the auto model is still a touch faster, with BMW claiming a 0-100km/h time of 4.0 seconds, but if your snap changing is up to scratch then a 4.2 second run should be possible in the manual version, the company says. The top speed in the case of both M Driver’s Package-equipped models is 280km/h.

Of course, there’s a lot more to a CS than just power upgrades.

 

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The BMW M2 CS Racing Will Put You In The Hot Seat For Relatively Cheap

You know what they say about racing: if you want to make a small fortune doing it, start with a large fortune. This endeavor isn’t cheap and never has been. But there’s now a racing variant of the BMW M2 CS, and it seems like a pretty good value.

Meet the BMW M2 CS Racing, and I give them credit for giving it such a straightforward name. Like the recently unveiled M2 CS for the street, this ultimate evolution of the 2 Series coupe packs a 3.0-liter S55 twin-turbo inline-six and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Depending on the series it’s in the Balance of Performance settings therein, it packs between 280 horsepower (meh) and 365 HP (better.) An upgrade package is coming that will allow it to hit 450 HP (great) as well. The electronics and power management system come from the M4 Racing.


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BMW M2 CS Likes To Drift And Kill Tyres

The BMW M2 CS is finally official which means some footage from the BMW M crew has been released.

If you missed the news, the M2 CS packs a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo straight-six engine which has been tuned up to churn out 444 hp (331 kW) and 550 Nm of torque. This is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.


 

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I'm curious about the weight. The M2 competition is quite a bit heavier than the original M2. If the CS can bring the weight down close to that of the original, that would be amazing.
Although, while I think the M2 Comp is good value, the CS just seems insanely expensive.
 

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New BMW M2 CS isn’t any lighter than the M2 Competition, admits M boss

The head of BMW’s M division has conceded the new M2 CS isn’t actually any lighter than the M2 Competition “all things considered”.

Revealed in the first week of November 2019, the M2 CS is a “limited-run” model positioned above the M2 Competition (and due in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020).

Speaking to BMWBlog, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch admitted there was effectively no difference in weight between the two.

“They weigh about the same, all things considered, unless you equip the M2 CS with the carbon-ceramic brakes, which save about 25 kg,” Flasch said.

“The reason for being the same weight as the M2 Competition is the additional things we put in,” he added.

 

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Menacing BMW M2 Fitted With R340k McLaren Senna Seats

The BMW M2 is a massively popular car around the world and a large percentage of these are being treated to unique upgrades and modifications to the owners taste.

We recently came across a thread on Bimmerpost where an owner of a black M2 (LCI) went to the extreme by fitting the carbon fibre seats from a McLaren Senna. As you can imagine this would not be a cheap exercise and he stated that it stung his wallet to the tune of £18,000 (approx. R340k).


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