Like the M2 Competition, the M2 CS comes with BMW Professional Navigation, Real-time traffic information and Apple CarPlay preparation. BMW Icon Adaptive LED headlights and hexagonal day time driving lights are included in the M2 CS specification, as is the Harman Kardon sound system.In-car Music on Demand comes with a free one-year subscription.


Rather than rework the 410hp engine from the M2 Competition, BMWs M Division has fitted the 450PS turbocharged straight six from the M4 Competition under the carbon fibre bonnet of the M2 CS. In the compact M2 CS that gives a 0-62mph time of 4.2 seconds for the six-speed manual version and just 4.0 seconds if you choose the DCT box. Standard M2 CS features include an electronically controlled Active M differential and Adaptive M suspension with three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Sport+. M Sport brakes, with 400m steel discs and six-piston callipers at the front and 380mm steel discs and four-piston callipers at the rear, help rein in the power – though track day regulars can opt for carbon ceramic discs.


As a car designed for track use the M2 CS doesn’t come overburdened with intrusive systems, but the specially tuned Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) partners the Active M Differential to enhance traction and handling stability. The optional Driving Assistant includes front collision warning with braking function, while speed limit assist works with speed limit info and lane departure warning. Other radar-based safety systems include crossing traffic warning rear, land change warning and rear collision warning.


The compact, agile rear-drive M2 Competition can trace its heritage back to the E30 M3 of the late 1980s. Now it has been usurped by the M2 CS, an uncompromising limited-edition model that packs a remarkable 450hp and features a track-honed chassis. It will form the basis for the BMW M2 CS Racing model in 2020, but right now it’s the new king of the track day jungle.