2020 BMW M2 CS first drive assessment: Subtly sharper

The CS sits on the high of the BMW M2 hierarchy.


As a rule I am not likely a gold individual; silver is extra my type of shade. However on the subject of the edges wrapped in rubber sitting within the arches of vehicles, effectively, I discover myself drawn to the extra valuable of the 2 metals. Maybe it is a Colin McRae/Subaru Impreza factor. And since they seem to be a no-cost possibility on the US-spec BMW M2 CS, you would be silly to not get them.

The remainder of the M2 CS may be very engaging, too, nevertheless it spawned from what was already a fairly unbelievable box-arched form. When you spec Black Sapphire Metallic then the additions for the CS are delicate, because the bare carbon fiber bits mix in. Nevertheless, look carefully and you’ll spot the splitter, the Gurney spoiler on the trunk lid and the carbon fiber roof. Examine it much more assiduously and you may see the vents within the hood, which is now product of carbon fiber, and is half the load of the usual merchandise.

When you’re lifting the hood to examine the carbon and really feel the distinction in weight, you may little doubt look at what’s beneath. Wreathed by the acquainted horseshoe of a carbon fiber brace is BMW’s S55 twin-turbo straight-six — the one from the M2 Competitors — however with 39 horsepower extra, taking it as much as the extent of the M3 and M4 Competitors. Torque stays the identical at an ample 406 pound-feet.

Open the driving force’s door, drop into the game seat and also you’re greeted with a surprisingly plush inside. Sure, the transmission tunnel is a light-weight variant that does away with the usual armrest atop a cubbyhole, however the infotainment system stays in place and the spars of the chunky, Alcantara-clad wheel are festooned with buttons.

Press the crimson starter button (simply behind the wheel) and also you’re handled to a well-recognized, barely hole straight-six sound. The subsequent few actions are relatively uncommon in a contemporary automobile. First your left foot has to depress a clutch pedal. Then you choose first gear with an H-pattern guide shifter earlier than switching your hand to a correct handbrake lever. Old style, pointless actions in some folks’s eyes, little doubt, and that’s the reason the M2 CS might be purchased with a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized as effectively. However, to this 38-year-old dinosaur, there’s a easy however very particular pleasure available from partaking all 4 limbs to drag out easily from an uphill junction, so I might follow the guide.

I’ve to admit, in visitors and on the freeway, I can not really feel an enormous distinction between the M2 CS and M2 Competitors. On paper, one of many main modifications is a swap from passive to adaptive dampers, however the steps between Consolation, Sport and Sport Plus are delicate to say the least. The secondary trip high quality is fairly uniform throughout all three modes and it is solely over larger impacts and with extra pace that you simply discover a slight ramping-up within the firmness as you progress from Consolation by to Sport Plus. But it surely’s delicate.

You’ll be able to alter the drivetrain and steering by an analogous trio of ranges and after I was in a position to push the automobile a bit of tougher, I made a decision on Sport for the steering and Sport Plus for the drivetrain. Consolation looks like the very best mode for the suspension as there nonetheless appears to be loads of assist, and even the smidgen of additional compliance from the softest setting is useful for maintaining issues managed on a rough-and-tumble British B-road. All that is simply programmed into the M1 or M2 buttons on the steering wheel alongside along with your desired stage of help from the Dynamic Stability Management (On, M Dynamic Mode or Off).

The CS’ inside is as properly appointed as every other M2 mannequin.


With all that sorted out so that you could simply consider the driving, the M2 CS is a large quantity of enjoyable. Three-years-old-with-a-new-scooter-on-the-way-to-get-an-ice-cream-with-a-Flake-in-it enjoyable. That a lot enjoyable. Stretch the legs of the engine and it feels stonkingly quick, with the aggressive Sport Plus setting waking up the energetic M rear differential good and shortly so that you could actually use the throttle to steer the automobile by corners. It appears extremely tenacious at first, and with its quick, large stance, it initially feels just like the CS may be fairly snappy as you attain the restrict of its tires. However the non-obligatory Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s give a pleasant development from grip to slide when they’re overwhelmed, and the M2’s quick wheelbase implies that slides really feel comparatively contained. Push exhausting, flip in with extra dedication and it’s also possible to really feel that there’s a little bit much less roll within the suspension in comparison with a M2 Competitors, so you’ll be able to work the shoulders of the tires sooner in a nook.

The gearshift is typical BMW, so barely longer of throw and lighter of motion than you may anticipate, with a really feel that may positively hint its approach again by previous generations. It is going to additionally mechanically match the revs on downshifts except you flip the DSC all the best way off.

You positively need the gold wheels.


Total the M2 CS continues to be a less-subtle automobile than one thing just like the elegant Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 (which is an analogous value) and sadly it will possibly’t match that automobile for aural leisure. However there is no doubting the turbocharged punch it delivers in a straight line, and you may nonetheless have an enormous grin in your face down a very good piece of highway. Though they’re comparable in value and each have six-cylinder engines driving the rear wheels with guide gearboxes, the BMW and Porsche really feel like very completely different vehicles, to be sincere.

Actually I believe the larger battle for the CS comes from one thing a lot, a lot nearer to house. As a result of a lot as I cherished driving the M2 CS and though I by no means did not look again and admire it after I might parked, I am unsure I might be speeding to spend an additional $25,000 over the already good bundle that’s the M2 Competitors. I stay up for driving a CS on monitor sooner or later as I think a bit of extra magic may be unveiled between some striped curbs (and also you simply know that it should be enjoyable to slip round), however on the highway I believe the visceral beneficial properties are very marginal. Maybe that should not be too stunning if you take a look at the spec sheet, as a result of total the load of the M2 CS is almost equivalent to the Competitors. Nice although it’s (and it truly is nice), I can not assist feeling that BMW ought to maybe have gone the entire hog, stripped the inside proper again and added an “L” onto the top of the “CS.” 

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