Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Thanks to the immense success achieved by its bigger brothers, the M3 CS and the M4 CS, the first ever BMW M2 CS is a limited edition model that is also the base for a racing car.
With a much sharper exterior design than the M2 Competition, more power and various sporty or lightweight components making their way onto the model, the new M2 CS will surely get a massive fan base.
Just like the M2 Competition, the M2 Club Sport is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, with the powerplant having been borrowed from its bigger brothers, the M3 and M4. With an output of 450 horsepower, the car is not only more powerful than the M2 Competition, but trumps even its engine donors’ cars. Exterior updates include a carbon fiber engine hood with an air intake right in the middle, which apparently not only aid in engine cooling but also increases downforce over the front axle. For the first time ever, BMW Motorsport has also optioned the M2 with a carbon fiber roof for the Club Sport, which not only lowers the center of gravity but also makes the body of the car more rigid for better handling. The M Sport brakes are larger than the ones fitted to the M2 Competition as well, with the front discs having a diameter of no less than 400 mm.
The M2 was a serious sports car that made many people ask if it wouldn’t be a better track-car than the bigger M4.
With the introduction of the Competition version, the answer was even difficult.
The German carmaker had a thing with the sport-compact sedans ever since the first BMW M3 was introduced in the ’80s. Even though that car was built to get the FIA’s race-approval, the carmaker insisted and developed a complete range of M-Power vehicles. The M2 was the smallest, but not the slowest.
The M2 Competition received a new bumper and specific air-intakes to cool the brakes and the engine from the outside. The enlarged BMW kidneys were painted in black, improving the aggressive look of the car. The side vents on the front fenders were black as well. The four exhausts mirrored the same color in the back, differentiating the M2 Competition from the other M Competition models. The M2 Competition was available with an exclusive color: Hockenheim Silver.
The interior was fit for a day at the track with sport-bucket seats at the front. The M2 competition badge was embroiled on the front seats’ seatbacks and was present on the door-sills. For the instrument cluster, the designers chose a black background with red needles and white lettering.
The most important elements were on the technical sides. The 3.0-liter, twin-turbo engine offered 410 hp. It was mated to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox while a 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) was on the options list. An electronically controlled rear differential offered the best traction available.
The BMW 2 Series was a great addition to the German car manufacturer.
It was the car that young people desired, in the correct body shape and with a fair price for what it offered. But the top of the range M2 was something even more.
The BMW M2 was launched at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway and it was the proper place to show its pace. The differences between the M2 and the other 2-Series were obvious. A different bumper with larger air intakes and flared wheel-arches warned the drivers that under the hood were more hp than the standard 2 Series. A rear spoiler on the trunk lid and a quad-exhaust under the reshaped bumper confirmed that there were more ponies under the hood.
For the track experience, the M2 was fitted with the optional M-DCT gearbox. The brakes were the same as from the M3/M4. The big differences were under the hood where the twin-turbo system from the M3/M4 was replaced with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The result was 61 hp less than the bigger brother, but only a small fraction from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph). The M2 didn’t have all the good things from its bigger brother, such as the carbon-fiber drive-shaft but so, the price was lower.
The car had an adaptive suspension that made it very comfortable on the road and very nimble. Its wider tracks front and rear, due to a new, aluminum, suspension made it more planted on the road when compared with the regular 2 Series.