BMW M2 CS also to feature S55 engine, production March 2018

BMW M2, Rumors | April 10th, 2017 by 13
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Another exciting BMW M2 variant planned for the future is the CS version of the popular sportscar. Earlier today rumors of a future BMW M2 …

Another exciting BMW M2 variant planned for the future is the CS version of the popular sportscar. Earlier today rumors of a future BMW M2 GTS surfaced again on the interwebs, giving us a glance in the the future of the M2 product. In December 2016, we wrote an article on the highly rumored BMW M2 CS being on its way to the market, as early as March 2018.

According to sources, the M2 CS will deliver around 400 hp, using a detuned S55 engine imported from the BMW M3 and M4. Another unconfirmed report from 2ertalk mentioned the same production date, but a slightly more powerful engine – 410 horsepower. No word on whether the M2 CS will be a limited edition product.

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The new CS symbol CS on the boot stands for Clubsport and promises additional performance, which will indeed deliver thanks to revised engineering layouts. The M2 CS is likely to be available with the same six-speed manual and 7-speed M-DCT transmissions.

What remains a mystery for now are the additional performance-related changes that the M2 will offer. Possible enhancements to aerodynamics and some lightweight materials are the obvious choice, while a sports tuned suspension will bring the M2 CS closer to its rivals, like the Porsche Cayman GT4. The current M2 is scheduled to have its production run end at the end of 2017 which leaves room for the M2 CS in the following year, which will also feature the lifecycle impulse on the M2 design.

13 responses to “BMW M2 CS also to feature S55 engine, production March 2018”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    sounds good. so it will be like M2 LCI then M2 CS then M2 GTS (guessing GTS will be limited too will probably sell out as usual)

    I like how BMW M are doing this CS thing for models.

    • bmw driver says:

      There is no way BMW will produce 2 separate, full production versions of a car that already competes for production slots with the UKL X1, a more profitable model. Especially not when the model replacing it will be changing to a FWD architecture, meaning the plants will be retooling to produce the new model at the same time. The CS/GTS will be one, limited model. There may be an LCI for the final model year (2018/19), perhaps the schedule may be brought forward, depending on what happens when the model 3 and other competing BEVs come out. Before I get flamed, I’d just like to once again point out that I was right about the switch to FWD.

      The corporate direction is to beat Mercedes, hence switching to fewer, modular chassis, and entry level FWD badge only vehicles. By 2020 it’ll be UKL up to the 3 series and then CLAR up. That is at best 2 model years to fit an LCI, CS and GTS? Won’t happen.

      • Matt Stokes says:

        I’m not saying I believe the GTS rumour, but I’ve got to pull you up on some of your reasoning…

        The M2 is built in small numbers at Leipzig in Germany, the X1 is built at Regensburg (Germany), Araquari (Brazil), Chennai (India), Rayong (Thailand), and Tiexi (China)… as well as being assembled by VDL Nedcar in the Netherlands. X1 production slots have precisely zero to do with M2 production.

        Furthermore, the plant at Leipzig is already “tooled up” to handle UKL models as it’s already producing the Active and Grand Tourers alongside RWD 2-er variants – retooling would be no more comprehensive than it would be for any new model.

        Also, can you provide a link to any official confirmation on what platform the next 2 series Coupe will use. It appears to have a ‘G’ Series development code, so what makes you so sure it will be FWD?

        • bmw driver says:

          The X1 is also made at Leipzig, along with the other UKL variants. Therefore the M2 variant competes for production slots with the X1, 2 series tourer, regular 2 series and 1 series and i3 and i8. All of those models are more profitable for BMW. See here, at BMW Blog: That is why M2 production numbers are low compared to every other M car. It’s why I had to wait over 6 months for my factory order.

          Second, the plant is obviously not tooled up to handle new bodywork, wiring looms, hybrid/ev batteries, motors and all the other things that will be present in the new FWD 1 and 2 series. UKL is an architecture, not some magic rubik’s cube that just produces a car if your twist it the right way. Any kind of retooling requires reducing production, it also takes time.

          As the next 1 series will be FWD, BMW say that the next 1 and 2 series will share a chassis, therefore it seems incredibly likely that in the absence of a new compact RWD chassis, and a corporate direction aimed at beating MB, the 2 series will either be FWD, or more likely, disappear altogether with the 1 series being hatch, coupe etc.See here, again at BMW Blog: notice how you haven’t seen any RWD 2 series test mules? Notice how this car is almost identical in profile to the ‘China only’ FWD 1 series?

          Why do you think that a “‘G’ Series development code” means RWD? the 2 series active tourer has an F code, like my M2 and it is most certainly not RWD. I hope I’m wrong, because I’d like to keep buying M2s, but the preponderance of evidence is in the direction I suggest.

          • Matt Stokes says:

            E84 X1 was built at Leipzig, F48 is not. Could you confirm please what the profit margin on the 2 series Active tourer, the i3 and the M2 is?

            I know UKL isn’t a magic Rubik’s cube… but it’s also doesn’t necessitate a massive shift in manufacturing technology. You seemed to be inferring that a platform switch is such a big deal that it would limit what they did with the current model? The bits of the car that are actually manufactured at Leipzig would need retooling for a new vehicle anyway, so that’s no more of an issue than usual, and the assembly lines can already produce UKL along side the traditional F2x RWD platforms – so that’s not really an issue either.

            I’m not saying it’s easy, but I don’t see why it would be a sufficiently big deal for them to limit the product strategy of an existing vehicle? If we were talking about changing to an ‘i’ product that uses fundamentally different architecture I might agree with you.

            If you can provide a link to an official BMW statement confirming the next 2-er will use the same chassis as the 1-er, and be FWD, then okay… but your own opinion is contradicting this evidence already – if you’ve heard BMW say the 1-er and 2-er will share the same chassis, why do you think there will be no 2-er?

            I’m not contesting that the 1-er is going FWD (I’m also not that averse to it for the hatch), but supposition about the 2-er, based on the fact that 1-er spyshots have only just started cropping cropping up isn’t really ‘evidence’ at all – it’s probably got more to do with the 2-er being a couple of years behind the 1-er in its lifecycle. EOP for the coupe is Q4 2020, the convertible is Q4 2021 – the fact we haven’t seen anything is yet is probably simply because it’s too early.

            G42 and G43 being allocated to the next 2-er is no more confirmation of anything, granted. But, it does point to a fundamental difference in the cars. As yet there are no G code models based on UKL. All the F codes used between F39 and F79 relate to UKL products, including the F40 1-er… so why did they skip F42 and F43, and go to G42 and G43? It’s an odd way to differentiate models if there’s not a reason for it.

            As far as I can see, whether the next 2-er Coupe will be FWD or RWD is not a known fact at this time.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    Good proposition, needed now that the TT RS has 400hp. Idk how the public will receive the S55 engine though, hope they’ll tweak the ASD to make it less intrusive.

  3. David Desa says:

    I put down my name for the M2 LCI 2017 a few weeks ago and was later told by the dealer that BMW would start production on this updated model in July-17, with the first orders arriving in Australia the following September. Although I haven’t been able to separately verify this.

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