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    The BMW M2 CS: A Top Pick for Driving Enthusiasts

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    When the BMW M2 hit the scene in 2016, it quickly became the go-to choice for driving enthusiasts within BMW’s lineup. Fast forward to today, and we now have the even more impressive 2021 BMW M2 CS, boasting even more power and performance. We had the chance to take both the manual and dual-clutch automatic versions out on the track.

    Yes, you read that right. The CS comes standard with a manual transmission, catering to those who prioritize the driving experience over 0-100km/h acceleration times. It’s a nod to true driving engagement.

    In a time where stricter emission regulations are driving downsizing trends in the industry, it’s refreshing to see BMW going against the grain by employing a twin-turbo inline-six in its smallest coupe, setting it apart from its rivals and offering an unmistakable sound and performance.

    Similar to its predecessor, the original M2, which was known for its exhilarating sound and slightly twitchy rear end, especially in wet conditions, the M2 Competition that followed in 2018 brought more power and enhancements but lacked the finesse needed for confident high-speed track driving or spirited backroad excursions.

    The introduction of the M2 CS seems to have addressed these shortcomings effectively. Along with the new M3 and M4 Competition models, the M2 CS brings back the essence of classic BMW driving dynamics, embodying the brand’s heritage of delivering truly engaging driving experiences.

    Features and Upgrades

    Forget mistaking the M2 CS for its less advanced M2 Competition sibling. Carbon fiber components are prominent throughout, enhancing both performance and aesthetics.

    From the lightweight carbon hood to the high-gloss vents improving cooling and downforce, every detail has been meticulously engineered. The high-strength carbon roof not only reduces weight but also lowers the car’s center of gravity, crucial for performance-focused driving.

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    The car’s rigidity is further bolstered by components such as the front splitter and rear diffuser, all crafted from lightweight carbon fiber and tailored to optimize airflow and downforce characteristics specific to the CS variant.

    In addition to performance enhancements, the M2 CS boasts a wide array of standard features, including M Competition seats with striking red stitching and an illuminated M badge, an Alcantara steering wheel, and carbon accents for the transmission tunnel and door pulls, among others. The inclusion of adaptive LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and a host of other premium features further elevates the driving experience.

    They’ve fine-tuned the suspension for track use and added adaptive suspension to the CS, boosting its versatility with a wider range of driver settings while enhancing ride comfort on the road.

    Is the BMW M2 CS Safe?

    Safety-wise, the M2 CS inherits features from the 2 Series Coupe. While it lacks active safety systems like autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, it does come equipped with essential safety features such as airbags, adaptive cruise control, and a rear-view camera.

    Interior and Comfort

    Inside the M2 CS, you’ll find a blend of sporty elements like race-style seats and Alcantara accents, complemented by premium touches such as Merino leather and carbon-fiber trims. While it may not offer the latest tech features found in luxury vehicles, the focus here is on providing a driver-centric experience tailored for the track.

    Despite its performance-oriented design, the M2 CS doesn’t sacrifice practicality, with a rear seat and a sizable trunk perfect for everyday use.

    Performance and Powertrain

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    Powered by the characterful S55 engine found in the M2 Competition, the M2 CS delivers enhanced performance, producing 331kW and 550Nm of torque from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six. Equipped with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed M-DCT, the CS accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds with the manual transmission, or 4.0 seconds with the dual-clutch auto.

    With a top speed of 280km/h and the inclusion of the M Driver’s Package, the M2 CS offers exhilarating performance capabilities while maintaining the signature BMW M driving experience.

    Driving Experience

    From the distinctive BMW M engine note to the balanced handling and agility, the M2 CS provides a thrilling driving experience. Whether unleashing its power on the track or navigating tight corners, the CS showcases its prowess with precision and confidence, embodying the essence of a true driver’s car.– it is the car that makes up 100 percent of the driving experience, not me.

    The M2 CS tackles tight corners effortlessly thanks to the extra bracing it features.

    Maintaining smoothness is my focus, but the car effectively communicates its intentions at the limit, allowing me to navigate through tight corners like turns four and 10 with ease due to its nearly perfect balance. I can only wonder what it would be like to drive a version that is lighter by removing the rear seat and some luxuries, shedding off around 100kg. I suppose that’s where the M2 CS Racing comes in.

    Although you have the choice to opt for the lighter carbon ceramics if you’re willing to spend extra, our test cars were equipped with standard M brakes: 400mm front discs with six-piston calipers and 380mm units at the rear with four-pots.

    The brakes perform admirably, offering a progressive pedal feel and showing no signs of fade during my approximately 12 laps in both manual and automatic versions.

    Do I have a preference for the manual transmission or the faster dual-clutch variety? I am undecided. Despite being a fan of BMW’s swift-shifting paddles, the manual transmission undoubtedly demands more from the driver.

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    Naturally, assessing ride comfort on regular road surfaces wasn’t feasible at the track, but it’s an aspect that warrants further examination. With the M2 CS featuring adaptive suspension, even this area might be well-resolved.

    Cost of Owning a BMW M2 CS

    BMW provides a three-year, unlimited-kilometer warranty for its entire range, including the M2 series.

    Buyers can also opt for a comprehensive five-year/80,000km service package: $2869 for basic coverage, encompassing consumables such as engine oil and filters.

    Choosing the ‘Plus’ package at $8497 further includes the replacement of front and rear brake discs and pads, clutch discs and plates, and wiper blade rubbers.

    Official fuel consumption figures for the M2 CS range between 10.2L/100km for the six-speed manual and 9.4L/100km for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic on a combined cycle.

    CarExpert’s Review of the BMW M2 CS

    I cannot definitively decide if the M2 CS justifies the premium it commands over the M2 Competition, however, factoring in the cost of the additional carbon components, Alcantara touches, and significant engineering modifications, the price of $139,900 seems reasonable – if not advantageous.

    Furthermore, its bold and intimidating appearance is a standout feature that makes it highly desirable. It is undeniably one of the most attractive BMW models available today.

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    Since experiencing driving a pristine E46 M3 CSL on twisting roads in Germany, I have not felt such an exhilarating connection with a BMW coupe until the M2 CS.

    The M2 CS is a finely tuned performance vehicle, the culmination of a harmonious blend of a smooth-revving straight-six engine – highly responsive to minimal throttle inputs – and refined chassis enhancements.

    The amalgamation of these elements positions it as BMW’s ultimate driver’s car. Period.

    Pricing Information

    The starting price for the 2021 BMW M2 CS in the United States is $83,600.

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