When Petrol Meets Oxygen: Exploring the new M2 CS

When Petrol Meets Oxygen: Exploring the new M2 CS

By: Guilherme Marques

The BMW M2 has been improving since its release in 2015. Now, it has reached its apex with the M2 CS

BMW is at a crossroads: on the one hand, it must adhere to an irreversible trend that has taken over the market, in which car efficiency is gaining enormous importance in relation to performance; on the other, it has to keep developing models that appeal to the most passionate driver and thus keep alive the DNA of a brand that is synonymous with passion and sports vehicles.


This is exactly where the M division (or BMW Motorsport) comes in, as it is responsible for creating some of the brand’s best and most emblematic models ever. Not every car in the catalogue gets the M treatment, but, when it happens, one can be assured of an extra-special experience behind the wheel.

Sometimes, BMW Motorsports decides to improve on one of its own products and release a mouth-watering version. That is what happened with the M2. Launched on the market in 2015, the smallest of the M received a major update in 2018 that completely transformed the nature of the car and showed, without a shadow of a doubt, that BMW’s sports vein is alive and well.

The M2 Competition is one of the best BMWs ever. Each kilometre is a chance to live out the passion that a car awakens and, even parked, the body’s lines extend the pleasure of living with a machine created to increase the heart rate. The three-litre, twin- turbo S55 engine, with 410 horsepower, is a sign of what’s to come, and the chassis invites you to exploit its capabilities whenever possible, delivering plenty of confidence to the driver. The dual-clutch and seven-speed transmission is almost perfect, but BMW also offers the option of a manual gearbox for the purists.

However, the Competition is not the zenith of the M2 range. That distinction goes to the recently announced M2 CS. Limited to 2,200 units, this edition sees its power increase to 450 horsepower, which justifies its entry in the list of ceramic brake options, a novelty in the range, and forged rims for a more contained overhead weight, which improves dynamics in bends and steering accuracy. The extensive use of carbon fibre — in the hood, the spoiler and rear diffusers, the front splitter and the rear-view mirrors — helps reduce the overall weight, spicing up an already delectable recipe.

Perhaps, there will one day be an electric BMW M but, for now, the transformation of gasoline and oxygen into speed is still absolutely fascinating.


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