Video: Is the BMW M2 CS the fastest car we’ve ever had on the track?
We’ve got our hands on one of the most hardcore M cars around.
You know, if you spend around $ 60,000 on a BMW M2 competition, you’ll get an incredibly fun car – arguably one of the better M car experiences at the moment. But what if that wasn’t enough? What if you need more power, carbon-ceramic brakes, more carbon fiber and, of course, gold wheels? Then there is the M2 CS (limited edition), with a price that departures to $ 83,600 before adding some options. It’s the more hardcore version of the closest modern analogue to the “classic” M-car, packing a serious amount of performance into a small package… if you can afford it.
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This car is clearly aimed at die-hard enthusiasts who want the best, but is it worth the extra money? With the option of the $ 8,000 carbon ceramic brake and the $ 2,900 7-speed dual clutch – a 6-speed manual is still happily available – there’s only one way to really test it. the courage of this car. In the video below, we put it in the hands of professional racing driver and former Top Gear USA Stig, Paul Gerrard, to see where it stands in the TFL rankings. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is currently the fastest production car we’ve had, recording an IMI Motorsports track time of almost a dead minute (1: 00.04). So how will this car stand up to this?
On paper, there is a lot in favor of the BMW M2 CS. Thanks to all the carbon fiber, this car loses some weight: 55 pounds, to be exact. It also manages 444 horsepower from this 3.0-liter in-line 6 engine, compared to 405 in the competition. Torque remains the same, however, at 406 lb-ft. One of its biggest friction points, literally, is the configuration of its tires. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s can really make a difference when it comes to reducing horsepower. Plus, setting the drive modes to their most aggressive settings with the driver aids turned off, as Paul will of course do, could put the M2 CS in contention for the fastest car spot.
The final result
Paul set the best possible lap time when the car was on fresh rubber, and he really hammered the M2’s extra horsepower, chassis settings and carbon ceramic brakes. The result? A blister 1: 01.88, which is certainly one of the fastest times we have achieved on the track. This time falls just ahead of the BMW M5 and behind the McLaren 570S Spider.
That said, it’s still $ 25,000 Following than your standard M2 competition, which happened a few seconds slower in our previous tests. And even if you could afford one, there’s more bad news. Of the 2,200 global examples (and 500 to come in the United States), virtually none are yet available at this point. It’s a shame, because it’s really the M car that all enthusiasts are clamoring for. It is more or less the perfect Car M, full stop.