Less than two years after the launch of the highly-popular BMW M2, the folks in Garching could take the next step on the performance ladder with the BMW M2 CS. The sportier M2 CS should be far more than a traditional facelift, with some new technology components and therefore would deserve the badge on its boot.
Particularly exciting is a possible change in the engine compartment, a new variant of the twin-turbo inline six-cylinder S55 is rumored be under the hood. The previously used engine, and quite elaborately modified N55, could be replaced, in order to obtain more flexibility in terms of power, torque and responsiveness. Used in the M3 and M4 models, the S55 would be modified for the M2 to produce around 400 horsepower, which would make the M2 of the best compact sports car ever and yet maintain a certain distance from its big brothers.
The possible 2018 BMW M2 CS could bring fresh air into the sportscar segment and should not be at a disadvantage in competition with the likes of Audi TT RS – which promises 400 hp from a five-cylinder engine and an acceleration of 3.7 seconds from zero to 100 km/h.
In terms of a further increase in performance, however, additional lightweight measures would be employed, ranging from the one-piece carbon fiber propeller shaft to the carbon roof.
Whatever the final specs of the M2 CS would turn out to be, one thing is certain: BMW M will take all the necessary steps to deliver on its CS/CSL branding while outdoing the standard M2.