2020 BMW M2 CS review: One-upping itself

Not only is the M2 a person of the ideal-driving BMWs, it really is a

Not only is the M2 a person of the ideal-driving BMWs, it really is a person of the ideal-on the lookout, also.

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The M2 Competitors is my beloved BMW, so certainly I’m pretty jazzed about the M2 CS. It is quicker and sharper than the common Competitors, and a minor bit lighter, also. It is a much more focused edition of an presently pleasant overall performance auto. And you can even get it with gold wheels. Magnificent.


  • Tremendous-sharp managing
  • Excellent turbocharged ability
  • 1 of BMW’s much better patterns
  • Gold wheels!

Do not Like

  • Tremendous highly-priced with selections
  • Exhaust does not sound all that excellent
  • No Android Auto

The CS employs the similar three.-liter twin-turbo I6 as the M2 Comp — BMW’s S55 motor for you internal-code nerds. Horsepower jumps from 405 in the Competitors to 444 in the CS, but the two cars make an identical 406 pound-ft of torque. The small-stop thrust thoroughly arrives at 2,350 rpm, indicating you will find minor in the way of lag when launching. The CS’ -to-sixty-mph time clocks in at three.eight seconds, creating it .2 seconds more rapidly than the M2 Competitors. Negligible stuff.

The CS receives a dual-branch exhaust layout with electronically controlled valves. This makes it louder than the M2 Competitors, but this this setup appears like the a person in the M3 and M4, it really is not seriously a superior thing. You can change up the quantity on the exhaust observe if you want, but this is a person situation in which it does not seriously look required. The M2 CS really appears much better when it really is tranquil. Odd, I know.

A 6-speed manual transmission is common and it really is the proper alternative. I say that getting invested a week with a DCT-geared up M2 CS, which gives sleek, rapid shifts at speed, but is kind of a suffering in the ass to reside with working day to working day. There is no torque converter to get the CS rolling at idle when you choose your foot off the gas, so pulling away from a stoplight can be a minor jerky. The auto will even lurch backwards if you’re on an incline, which is to be envisioned with a manual, but can often capture you off guard with an automated. Oh, and the DCT solution adds $2,900 to the CS’ base line. Indeed, it makes the M2 CS .2 seconds more rapidly to sixty mph than the manual auto, but seriously, who cares? I am going to choose driver engagement in excess of bragging rights any working day.

BMW’s Adaptive M suspension tech arrives common on the CS, but it does not do significantly to seriously length this auto from the M2 Competitors. You can toggle concerning Consolation, Activity and Activity In addition options, all of which are pretty rigid. But truthfully, there isn’t sufficient of a meaningful change concerning the a few modes to seriously warrant recurrent fiddling. Probably Activity In addition is marginally much better than Activity on a race observe. Probably.

No-cost gold wheels? Surely. $eight,five hundred ceramic brakes? Ehh.

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All the reasons why I delight in driving the M2 Competitors are still lots alive in the CS. It is a nimble minor thing with rapid reflexes and correctly weighty steering, in addition the thick strut brace beneath the hood keeps the nose wonderful and rigid so it’s going to transform directions lickity break up. The CS has the Competition’s lively locking rear differential, which can change ability supply concerning the rear wheels, supplying you much better grip whilst cornering and enhanced security on slippery surfaces. The CS also rides on Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tires, which are a godsend as much as overall performance rubbers are involved and they do a whole lot to let the M2 seriously cling on all through superior-speed cornering.

Carbon ceramic brakes are available, which supply lengthier-lasting stopping ability without having fade. They are not as squealy and challenging to modulate as some of BMW’s prior ceramic brake endeavours, but they also cost a whopping $eight,five hundred, so pick out wisely. If the M2 CS isn’t going to be your observe auto, perhaps skip this solution.

The DCT and ceramic brakes are about it as much as optional devices is involved, conserve for top quality paint options like my examination car’s $550 Misano Blue. Even the gold wheels are a no-cost alternative, indicating you ought to definitely pick out them. I’m receiving a whole Subaru rally vibe from the blue-and-gold combo, by the way. Hubba hubba.

Apart from a several excess carbon fiber bits, the CS’ interior is the similar as the common M2.

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The M2 CS receives a entire bunch of carbon fiber bits, all of which support cut down excess weight. The vented hood, roof and excess aero parts are all produced from this super-light materials, as are a selection of interior parts like the middle console and transmission tunnel. The CS ditches the M2’s middle armrest for the sake of a different pound or two and you will find a generous serving to of Alcantara suede on the dashboard, doorways and steering wheel. All told, the CS is 55 lbs lighter than an equivalent M2 Competitors, which is a good amount of heft-removing, even nevertheless a DCT-geared up CS still weighs three,600 lbs.

Functionally talking, the CS has the similar tradeoffs as the common M2 Competitors. The trunk is compact and there are only a couple of compact destinations to retailer items inside of the cabin. BMW did not go so much as to clear away the rear seats, but they’re much better remaining for backpacks and grocery luggage than real adult human beings, anyway. The CS’ eight.eight-inch central touchscreen runs the similar, last-era iDrive tech as the base M2, indicating embedded navigation and Apple CarPlay are on give, but Android Auto is nowhere to be observed. The CS are unable to be experienced with some of the M2 Comp’s much more magnificent niceties, possibly, like a wi-fi charging pad or heated steering wheel. Driver-aid functions are on the sparse aspect, also, but provided the CS’ overall performance-focused mission, I’m Okay with that.

Excellent auto. Pricey auto.

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The CS is a authentic sweetie and it only furthers my appreciate for the M2 line as a entire. Problem is, it fees $84,595 such as $995 for destination, creating it $24,700 much more highly-priced than a base M2 Competitors. Incorporate in the top quality paint, dual-clutch transmission and ceramic brakes — all of which are equipped to my examination auto — and you’re on the lookout at $96,545. That’s a bunch of money for a 2 Sequence and places the M2 CS well into the territory of significantly much more capable athletics cars. If I’m investing that significantly, I’m receiving a Porsche 718 Cayman GTS with the new 4.-liter motor.

On the other hand, a 2021 BMW M2 Competitors painted in Extended Beach Blue with the manual transmission and Government Bundle slides in at $61,645 such as destination. And due to the fact the CS’ tweaks do not seriously raise the M2’s overall performance to a new amount, it really is challenging to argue in opposition to that kind of value. Other than, the M2 CS is a a person-calendar year, confined-run deal and I’m guaranteed the huge bulk of the US allotment is presently spoken for. The CS is excellent, but like I said earlier, the M2 Comp is my beloved BMW. Guess I am going to just want to resource a established of gold wheels.