RE: 2019 BMW M2 CS spied testing

RE: 2019 BMW M2 CS spied testing

Wednesday 10th October

2019 BMW M2 CS spied testing

M2 Competition not fantastic enough for you? Seems like BMW has you covered...



The BMW M2 Competition is arguably the sweet spot in the M line-up thanks to its mixture of savage performance and compact dimensions. It looks like BMW has left room for things to get just even sweeter still, though, with a more aggressive version having been spotted testing. Yes, it's the car we've long expected but not yet had hard evidence to prove was in development, the M2 CS.

Seen here testing at the Nurburgring, a development version of the Club Sport car wears a dovetail spoiler and what look to be larger, likely carbon-ceramic brakes, signalling to its heightened performance. You'll also notice a set of lightweight M Performance wheels, which we'd expect to come as standard on the CS as part of a list of mass shedding components made from carbon fibre.


The headline grabbing stats for the CS will come with a bump in output from its turbocharged straight six engine, which is essentially a de-tuned version of the M3/M4's S55 3.0-litre, which produces 420hp in the 'regular' Competition. Expect something closer to 430hp in the CS, meaning the motor will essentially be running in identical form to the standard M3's and should therefore trim the CS's 0-62mph sprint time to about 4.2 seconds.

Key to the M2 CS's enhanced focus will be a revised chassis setup. M division CS models usually get altered rates for their adaptive dampers to trim body roll, along with tweaked steering to unlock more feel from the front axle and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber for increased bite. The M division is pretty good at making these bits combine to create a fluid as well as fast package, and the M2 is arguably the best base to begin with. We therefore have very high hopes.

Hopefully they'll hurry up and get this to market quickly, right? Well, there's no official word as to when the M2 CS will hit the roads, and although this sighting at the 'Ring suggests it's at an advanced stage of development, CS editions usually arrive towards the end of a model's production run. We'd hedge that a late 2019 launch seems most likely, leaving the recently released M2 Competition with a few more months to reign as top dog of the 2 Series line-up.




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TheOrangePeril

Original Poster:

358 posts

116 months

Wednesday 10th October
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These really are funny lookin' things. Something about the design of the rear wing makes the rear wheels and arches look tiny and vastly out of proportion to the rest of the vehicle.

That said, if I were rich I'd love to own one... These latest photos really bring out the strange rear quarter design though.

Agent XXX

1,248 posts

42 months

Wednesday 10th October
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God that's an ugly, misproportioned, dumpy little pig of a car.

Toma500

1,012 posts

189 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Whats going on with the boot spoiler ?

nickfrog

9,209 posts

153 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Agent XXX said:
God that's an ugly, misproportioned, dumpy little pig of a car.
Who would have thought you don't like it ?. I think looks are subjective. I think it looks great. I also think some people value the driving experience more than the looks, but each to their own.

Gregmitchell

532 posts

53 months

Wednesday 10th October
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In photo 3 it looks like it's been rear ended and the back is squashed... not a looker... but i'm sure it's fast and fun!
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Gregmitchell

532 posts

53 months

Wednesday 10th October
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nickfrog said:
Agent XXX said:
God that's an ugly, misproportioned, dumpy little pig of a car.
Who would have thought you don't like it ?. I think looks are subjective. I think it looks great. I also think some people value the driving experience more than the looks, but each to their own.
No one can think that looks great..... unless you've been on the sherry?

J4CKO

25,723 posts

136 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Gregmitchell said:
nickfrog said:
Agent XXX said:
God that's an ugly, misproportioned, dumpy little pig of a car.
Who would have thought you don't like it ?. I think looks are subjective. I think it looks great. I also think some people value the driving experience more than the looks, but each to their own.
No one can think that looks great..... unless you've been on the sherry?
Am sure someone will, check a month after its gone on sale whether they are languishing unloved, or all sold out.

CooperS

3,553 posts

155 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Front looks ok to me, its the rear thats bland and the interior which is showing its age compared to the new gen of BMW's

Agent XXX

1,248 posts

42 months

Wednesday 10th October
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nickfrog said:
Who would have thought you don't like it ?. I think looks are subjective. I think it looks great. I also think some people value the driving experience more than the looks, but each to their own.
Bizarrely I actually like the look of my Mother's M240i Cabriolet quite handsome. The C pillar on the coupes just makes it look FUBAR and ugly (also all the extra tat they've stuck on and black wheels don't help.

Audemars

399 posts

34 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Noddy will be pleased.

Stumpy and dumpy.

Brooking10

3,123 posts

77 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Every chance this could me my next daily car.

Compact, quick and likely to be a lot of fun.

TaylotS2K

1,567 posts

143 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Audemars said:
Noddy will be pleased.

Stumpy and dumpy.
It's 'nearly' nice. But agreed. That roof and being stumpy, it looks like a Noddy car.

TaylotS2K

1,567 posts

143 months

Wednesday 10th October
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TaylotS2K said:
Audemars said:
Noddy will be pleased.

Stumpy and dumpy.
It's 'nearly' nice. But agreed. That bubble roof and being stumpy, it looks like a Noddy car.

DoubleD

6,297 posts

44 months

Wednesday 10th October
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nickfrog said:
Agent XXX said:
God that's an ugly, misproportioned, dumpy little pig of a car.
Who would have thought you don't like it ?. I think looks are subjective. I think it looks great. I also think some people value the driving experience more than the looks, but each to their own.
He got in really quickly on this one.

Nanook

33,307 posts

123 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Roofline and rear end remind me of the E46 compact a bit:


scottos

233 posts

60 months

Wednesday 10th October
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I love it, if i wasnt building its 46 year old fossil ancestor id be buying a second hand m2! The ring was flooded with them this year when i went and man do they look and go well round it!

J4CKO

25,723 posts

136 months

Wednesday 10th October
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I dont mind it but the problem has always been with the 1 series 2 door, and the 2 series is that the car is too short to really carry off a coupe body style, as obviously the car gets shorter but it still needs to provide adequate space for humans/BMW drivers in a range of various lengths and girths.

The earlier 1 coupe was even worse really, a girl I worked with had one, it looked like a hat, the 1M improved it as the flared arches distracted the eye from how tall (for a coupe) it was, relative to its length.

The 4 series is a much more successful design in terms of proportions, sometimes I dont mind the 2 series but from certain angles it doesnt quite look sleek enough for a coupe.

JohnGoodridge

513 posts

131 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Just hope it doesn't follow M3 Comp -> M3 CS pricing policy and end up at about £70k.

Nerdherder

337 posts

33 months

Wednesday 10th October
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Love it. Divisive looks is are added bonus imho.

cmoose

43,055 posts

165 months

Wednesday 10th October
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TheOrangePeril said:
These really are funny lookin' things. Something about the design of the rear wing makes the rear wheels and arches look tiny and vastly out of proportion to the rest of the vehicle.

That said, if I were rich I'd love to own one... These latest photos really bring out the strange rear quarter design though.
Too much metal above the rear arch is the problem.