The BMW M2 was already a high performance automobile out of the box. However, as the German automaker is still striving to improve its prime movers, several faster editions have been made. So, what drives the latest M2 CS? Sport Auto went to the Nürburgring to find out in their latest video.
Under the hood sits the 3.0-liter inline-six S55 engine producing 444 horsepower (326 kilowatts) and 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) of torque; although very good, it could be his swan song. As European emissions requirements keep tightening the muzzle of the engine, BMW has decided to stop development.
The Bimmer in the video is fitted with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with 245/35 R19 at the front and 265/35 R19 at the rear. While we weren’t sure about the conditions during the lap, the Michelin rubber seemed to handle the Green Hell with relative ease. We obviously weren’t behind the wheel, but the car retained its level of grip and cornering behavior from Hatzenbach to Kesselchen.
The CS gets much more than a power boost and sticky rubber. Other features include an Active M differential and adaptive M suspension. This is not F1 level tech from the 90s, but BMW says the system can adjust the shock settings to provide the optimum experience in various driving situations. .
The M2 also gets lighter wheels and heavier brakes. While the wheels are an upgrade in the aesthetics department, the new roll bars also reduce the car’s unsprung mass. Saving the weight of the car itself is all well and good, but the unsprung weight has a deeper effect than anything.
All of the upgrades allowed Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt to pull the Bimmer around the “Ring” in 7 minutes and 42 seconds. If BMW wanted to set an official lap time, it would most likely call in a factory driver for a more representative result. However, any tour around the Nordschleife in the middle of a chat is a success in itself.