The new model will debut at the Nov 22-Dec 1 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The special-edition M2 CS brings the successful recipe embodied by the track-focused M3 CS and M4 CS models into the premium compact segment for the first time.
And the new M2 CS follows the lead of its larger siblings in setting new standards in its class for dynamic ability, agility and precision.
It therefore also provides the basis for the new entry-level model from BMW M Motorsport. Designed for amateur racing and the new Clubsport segment, the M2 CS Racing will be available from 2020.
Model-specific design elements also showcase the car’s distinctive character on the road. Foremost here are the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, an array of other CFRP components and the newly designed bonnet, under which resides the twin-turbo six-cylinder in-line engine developing a maximum 331 kW/450 hp – up 29 kW/40 hp on the output of the M2 Competition.
The overall package of bespoke performance-maximising features on the road and track also includes Adaptive M suspension and 19-inch forged light-alloy wheels with Cup tyres.
The new M2 CS accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with the standard six-speed manual gearbox – or 4.0 seconds with the optional seven-speed M double-clutch transmission (M DCT).
Likewise on the options list for the new M2 CS are M Carbon ceramic brakes. Highlights of the pared-back cockpit design, meanwhile, include the centre console and door panel trim in CFRP, super-lightweight M Sport seats, Alcantara armrests and an interior trim strip with red “CS” badging.