It's not news at this point, but there's another car coming out of the BMW M stable—the BMW M2 CS. A handful of features set the CS apart from the now-standard BMW M2 Competition, but are these features enough to make up for the massive difference in price?
When comparing the M2 CS to the Competition, the CS sheds a few pounds while gaining additional horsepower. The weight is lost in the form of carbon fiber bits, such as the hood, roof, and interior parts, like the center console. This is actually the first M2 variant to offer a fully carbon fiber roof. If you think all of that sounds a bit crazy, they were able to trim six-pounds off from that center console alone. Most of these weight savings are negated by the addition of the now-standard Adaptive M Suspension. All said and done, the M2 CS's official curb weight comes in at a still hefty 3,417 lbs.
Mentioned above, they were able to squeeze a little more horsepower out of the S55 engine that is transplanted from it's older siblings, the M3 and M4. The CS is up 39 horsepower on the Competition, now making 444 horsepower, while the torque remains the same at 406 pound-feet.
Both cars come standard with the six-speed manual, with the seven-speed DCT being offered as an option. When equipped with the DCT, the CS is .4 seconds faster to 60 mph than the Competition, doing it in 3.8 seconds. If you option in the DCT, you do get some cooling upgrades like a transmission cooler, three radiators, and an oil cooler.
So what else do you get for that added $25,000? You get some pretty fancy lighter-weight seats. I mean, look at them, those are worth a least a few grand, right?
The M2 CS comes in four exterior colors: Misano Blue, Sapphire Black, Hockenheim Silver, and Alpine White. Of those, you can only get Misano Blue on the CS.
Pairing nicely with that blue is the 19" 763M wheels that you can get in the matte gold color. Over the M2 Competition, these wheels are lighter, coming in at 20 pounds. Straight from BMW, this wheel and tire combo comes in just shy of $6,000.
That's about it. $24,700, and that's what sets these two cars apart from one another. As the base M2 Competition sits, it's a pretty good deal compared to cars in the same price range. However, at $84,595, is the M2 CS good enough to compete?
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