BMW M2 CS / CSL: Here’s A Closer Look At The Prototype

We’ve managed to get some closeup shots of BMW’s new M2 CS / CSL tester as it was getting refueled at a gas station in Sweden. We’ve updated our post accordingly, while also adding some new information we received on the powertrain. (Updated 3/13/2019)

The M2 Competition may be new to the market, having first been revealed in summer 2018, but BMW is already working on an even more focused version of the baby M car. The high-performance coupe is expected to be dubbed the M2 CS or M2 CSL.

We had our first glimpse at the car back in October 2018, but this latest prototype appears to have been outfitted with a number of parts which will make it to production. Most notably, these include a bespoke front splitter and a prominent trunklid lip spoiler, both of which are covered in camouflage.

There’s also a number of other parts that distinguish the M2 CS/CSL from the regular M2 Competition. For example, we can see large carbon ceramic brakes, a carbon fiber roof, aggressive rear diffuser, a new hood, and a set of 19-inch BMW M wheels.

While BMW hasn’t told us anything about the upcoming version of the M2, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect thanks to the M3 CS and M4 CS already on the market. Consequently, we know weight saving will be one of the key differentiating factors between the M2 CS and M2 Competition.

Then there’s the engine. In the M2 Competition, the M3/M4-sourced S55 twin turbo six-cylinder pumps out 405 hp and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque, roughly 20 horses less than in the base M3 and M4. For the CS, BMW is expected to tweak this powertrain and it could even surpass its bigger siblings for horsepower and torque. A recent rumor suggested it could deliver up to 445hp, with BMW offering both a six-speed manual and an optional dual-clutch transmission.

One might think that a 445hp M2 would cannibalize sales of the M3 and M4 but the vehicles are drastically different in size and targeted towards different buyers. What’s more, the current 3-Series range-toppers developed by M Division won’t remain on sale for much longer, allowing the M2 CS to be the firm’s most driver-focused sports car.

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  • Wandering_Spirit

    Truly well done. The sole BMW i’d buy today. Very good proportions, stance, and even the modern impersonal BMW design takes another path here. It’ll stay interesting for long.

    • SteersUright

      Very well said, right down to the impersonal design. Modern BMW designs evoke no emotion. I truly wish they’d fix that.

      • KidRed

        I disagree. The new G20 design language evokes a strong emotional response in me. One where I want to cry, puke and punch the designer in the face all at the same time.

  • Kagan

    One have to ask him self if you buy this type of car maybe you should go all the way and buy a porsche!

    • SteersUright

      Totally wrong.I had a 911, Cayman and M2. The M2 was by far the most fun. The 911 was spectacular too, especially revving out the flat 6. The Cayman was sharp, but too many flaws for a daily driver for me. The M2 is an incredibly fun, playful, machine with tons of torque making mashing the gas in any given situation way more fun than those other two I owned. Also, its tiny wheelbase and agility just begs to be tossed around and doing drifts all day.

      • Belthronding

        İ have never driven m2,but cayman is sooo hot to me

        • SteersUright

          Caymen feels lighter, more precise, definitely vastly different experience and probably the better track car. Both are amazing. M2 is precise, not like the Cayman at all, as you’re just not as connected to the vehicle. But, visibility and therefore confidence is greater, inputs are still precise and handling is good. but most of all, the car is far more muscular. On the street an M2 is far more fun, playful, and enjoyable and the Caymen is more somber and serious. In serious twisties or track, at 10/10 in other words, Porsches are very hard to match. Even a GT like the 911 is just epic and incredibly capable. If you can’t tell already, I love both. But, in retrospect, if I went Porsche again I’d get a used Boxster S next time, to better hear that glorious flat6!!

          • Belthronding

            Thanks for sharing your experience,nice to hear from a driver

  • SteersUright

    Absolutely love this little car. Would love to see another inch or 2 added to the fender width.

  • KidRed

    The M2’s gorgeous front end should’ve served as the reference for the new gen models coming out. The new G20 3 series has an absolutely horrible front end.

    • Alduin

      Look at the X7 too LOL barf.

  • SteersUright

    Awesome!! I want one so bad, but my lotto investments just won’t pan out. I wonder how many of these they’ll make? If you’ve driven an M3/M4 and like it, drive an M2! Its epic. Its smaller size makes it so much more fun than either of those. Admittedly, the bigger brothers have far better proportions and looks. But, the M2 is, without a doubt, the best driving M product currently on the market.

  • chuck2

    not bad.. But I think my modded 13Is is pretty close.. DCT, LSD, custom tune.. and suspension.. It might out brake me but not much else.

  • Bash

    Not interested.

    • Alduin

      You’re stupid.

      • Bash

        I didn’t ask for your full name.

  • Alduin

    The 2 series is a fun little car i’ve driven a the 228xi. I hope they make the performance version AWD too.

    • KAG25

      AWD would be a fun canyon car

  • KAG25

    Finally doing a wide body like the M 1 series

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