When the BMW M2 CS was announced last month, we expected it to carry a premium over the base M2 Competition. Now that BMW has announced pricing, though, we’re surprised by just how wide the gap is. At $83,600 to start, the CS costs $24,700 more than an M2 Competition.
For that price, you’re getting a 39-hp bump, a bunch of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels, adaptive dampers, and a number of cosmetic parts that’ll remind everyone that you were willing to pony up for the CS.
You’ll be able to choose between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, just like on the basic M2 Competition. We’re still waiting to hear about how much weight BMW has shaved with its intensive use of carbon fiber, but given the price gap, we’re hoping it’s significantly lighter than the standard car.
In BMW’s defense, we shouldn’t be surprised by the cost of the M2 CS—the M4 CS has an even heftier premium over the standard M4 or M4 Competition. The M2 CS is also a lot cheaper than its $103,100 M4 CS and, unlike with its big brother, you can have one with a stick.
Hopefully it offers a better driving experience, too, as we walked away unimpressed by the M4 CS earlier this year. Given that we already like the M2 quite a bit, we’re optimistic about the CS model. It’ll arrive in the second half of 2020.
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