Long hood, check, two doors, check, short overhangs, check, tasty alloys, check, blacked out twin kidney grille, check, complicated air dam with splitters, check, quad exhaust, check. This car ticks all the boxes to look a stunner. And the performance? The M badge and the sky-navy-red stripes say it all.
M, the motors sport division of BMW has launched the tiniest of their performance cars, a true pocket rocket, the M2 CS. Now what does the CS mean? It stands for Club Sport, what it means in the fun quotient is that the the car is faster, taughter and more fun to drive than the M2 Competition. Also, the M2 CS forms the basis for a new racing model.
The car looks inviting in the Blue colour which reflects and puts all the complicated curves and skirts of the body on display. The front is typical BMW family face with twin kidney grilles flanked by thin twin headlamps headlined with the LED DRL. The bumper and the air dam is a complex piece of sculpture which could only have been approved by a wind tunnel. The air dam is split in three parts with splitter to handle the aerodynamics. Though short in length, the car has a proportionate coupe shape with a short stubby boot topped by an exposed carbon fibre gurney spoiler lip. The rear end is brought up by a quad exhaust in steel. On the side, the character line runs along the length of the car from the top of the headlamp to the top of the tail lamps.
The car runs on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, 245/35 ZR 19 wheels at the front and wider 265/35 ZR 19 wheels on the rear mounted on gold coloured alloys. The wheels are large enough to fill the wheel arches and add to the proportionate looks of the car. In all the BMW M2 CS is 4,461 mm long, 1,871 mm wide and 1,414 mm tall. It has a wheel base of 2,693 mm providing sufficient space inside the car. The inside, keeping with the sporty nature of the car is in all black. It is fitted with lightweight bucket seats in Merino or Alcantara leather with sufficient supports for a spirited driving. The leather seats have been stitched with contrasting read. The head restraints are integrated with the seat which are further accentuated with the sky-navy-red colours of M. The steering is also in Alcantara leather with optional red center marker.
The BMW M2 CS is powered by a 2,979 cc inline six cylinder petrol engine. The engine is fed with compressed and cooled air from a M TwinPower Turbowith two mono-scroll turbochargers. The inlet and exhaust valves are controlled by a variable lift camshaft. This engine burning 95 or 98 octane fuel through gasoline direct injection produces 450 HP of power at 6,250 rpm and 550 N-m of torque between 2,350 and 5,500 rpm. All this power and torque is transmitted rear wheel through either a six speed manual gearbox or a seven speed double clutch M gearbox with drivelogic. The power and torque is sufficient to push the 1,625 kg car from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds till it achieves an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h. Assisting in this performance is an effort to lighten the car by using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CRFP) hood, wing mirrors and roof.
For achieving the dynamics which are expected of a BMW M car, the BMW M2 CS has an adaptive front suspension with double-joint spring strut axle in lightweight aluminium with M-specific elastokinematics. At the rear also, the car has an adaptive suspension with five-link axle in lightweight aluminium with M-specific elastokinematics. The suspension has been provided with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. Active M Differential and M Dynamic Mode can be opted for as options. For stability and to overcome the driver limitations, the BMW M2 CS comes equipped with Standard: DSC including ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Start-Off Assistant; Active M Differential all linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM). The steering effort is reduced and made precise through an electric power steering with M specific servotronic function.
BMW has fitted M compound brakes with six-piston fixed callipers and vented brake discs at the front and M compound brakes with four-piston fixed callipers with vented brake discs at the rear. Buyers can opt for a ceramic brake as optional. Standard safety equipment supplied with the BMW M2 CS comprise airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags front and rear, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt stopper, belt tensioner and belt force limiter at the front.