At $84,595, the M2 CS is nearly $25,000 more than the M2 Competition.

2020 BMW M2 CS

Yeah, that price (83,600 plus a $995 destination fee) might make even the most ravenous M2 fanatics second guess the M2 CS. The starting price for the M2 Competition is $58,900. A price jump that large between trim levels, not models is quite shocking. Remember, this is still an M2. Say it out loud if you need to.

The BMW M2 CS was officially revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show and created a sizeable amount of buzz. Fitted with the engine from the M4 Competition, the M2 CS was destined to be quick. 444 horsepower quick, to be exact.

2020 BMW M2 CS

Compared to the M2 Competition, the M2 CS does get some nice upgrades. Horsepower is increased by 39, while the torque stays at 406 lb.-ft. A nice list of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) parts come with the CS, including hood, roof, and aerodynamic components. BMW hasn’t officially released how much weight has been shaved off via the extensive CFRP, but I’m not convinced that it’ll be $25,000 worth.

2020 BMW M2 CS

The M2 CS is available with either a six-speed manual transmission, or a seven-speed double clutch automatic transmission. The manual is equipped with ‘rev-matching technology which blips the throttle on downshifts and lowers the engine’s revs on upshifts, making gear changes even smoother.’ I’m not sure how this compares with some good old-fashioned heel-toe, but a very cool piece of tech regardless. 0-60mph times are 3.8 seconds in the automatic, and 4.0 in the manual.

2020 BMW M2 CS

Along with the bragging rights obtained by buying a CS, you also get adaptive dampers, some cosmetic parts, and badges all over the place. To avoid some bewildered looks, it might be a good idea to keep the price to yourself.

While the M2 CS definitely proves to be the better performer, $84,595 is brutal. I think you’re better off buying a M2 Competition and putting that extra $25,000 towards something useful like upgrades or gear.

2020 BMW M2 CS

Specifications (all data is preliminary)

    M2 CS Manual M2 CS DCT
Seats 4 4
Number of Doors 2 2
Drive type RWD RWD
Length inches 175.6 175.6
Width inches 73.7 73.7
Width including mirrors inches  78.3 78.3
Height inches 55.7 55.7
Wheelbase inches 106.0 106.0
Turning radius feet 19.2 19.2
Ground clearance Inches 4.6 4.6
       
Shoulder width front inches 54.4 54.4
Shoulder room rear inches 53.4 53.4
Legroom front inches 41.5 41.5
Legroom rear inches 33.0 33.0
Headroom front inches 40.1 40.1
Headroom rear inches 36.5 36.5
Trunk volume ft³ 13.8 13.8
Fuel Tank capacity gallons 13.7 13.7
Curb weight lbs. tba tba
Gross vehicle weight lbs. tba tba
Payload lbs. tba tba
       
Engine type   S55 S55
Induction   Turbocharged Turbocharged
Cylinders 6 6
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Bore x Stroke mm 84.0 x 89.6 84.0 x 89.6
Displacement cm³ 2,979 2,979
Compression rate :1 10.2 10.2
Engine power hp 444 @ 6,250 rpm 444 @ 6,250 rpm
Engine torque lb-ft. 406 @ 2,350 – 5,500 406 @ 2,350 – 5,500
Recommended Fuel   Premium Premium
Engine oil Quarts 7.4 7.4
     
Transmission type   6-Speed manual 7-Speed DCT
Gear ratios 1st gear 4.11 4.81
2nd 2.32 2.59
3rd 1.54 1.70
4th 1.18 1.28
5th 1.00 1.00
6th 0.84 0.84
7th 0.67
Reverse gear 3.46 3.46
Final drive ratio 3.73 4.17
       
Power-steering type EPS EPS
Steering ratio :1 tba tba
       
Tires, standard, front / rear 245/35ZR19 93Y 265/35ZR19 98Y 245/35ZR19 93Y 265/35ZR19 98Y
Wheels, standard, front / rear inches 9.0 x 19 / 10.0 x 19 9.0 x 19 / 10.0 x 19
       
Track, front inches 62.2 62.2
Rear, track inches 63.0 63.0
Cx 0.37 0.37
       
0-60 mph seconds 4.0 3.8
Top speed mph 174 174
Fuel Economy city/hwy/comb mpg tbd tbd