Ever since the 1M Coupe broke cover nearly 9 years ago, BMW has constantly upped the game in the segment. Its successor, the M2, debuted in 2015 and was updated, and renamed the M2 Competition, last spring.
Now, the Germans are working on the M2 CS, a more hardcore version of the sports coupe, which is currently in testing phase. Snapped at the Nurburgring, it looks like a proper contender to the likes of the Porsche Cayman GT4.
A true car aimed at driving enthusiasts, it’s expected to retain the 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six of the Competition, albeit tuned to 444 HP. That’s 39 HP more than the Competition which, combined with a weight loss, will help it hit the 60 mph (96 km/h) mark in less than 4 seconds. The M2 Competition can do it in 4.0 seconds when equipped with the dual-clutch gearbox, and a couple of tenths more with the stick shift.
Helping shave some precious weight be a carbon fiber roof, front spliter, hood, side mirror caps, rear diffuser and spoiler. The lightweight material will be used inside as well, on the seats, door handles and center console.
According to reports, BMW might put a cap on the production, making the CS in just 2,200 units. Whatever the case might be, we expect it to bow at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.