BMW | Fast and exclusive: the BMW M2 CS, a toy for purists

The last part of our dossier on exceptional vehicles deals with the subject of exclusivity and controlled power. On the roads or on the circuits. We end this series with the BMW M2 CS.

Posted on July 29, 2021 at 5:45 p.m.

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Price: from $ 97,750

This Toyota Corolla-sized coupe produces 444 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged inline-six engine. It reaches 100 km / h in less than 4 seconds, as long as whoever is at the wheel knows how to handle the six-speed manual gearbox that accompanies it. An automatic? You do not understand at all. This BMW is intended for purists and is produced in very limited quantities.

Built on the basis of the 2 Series (the powered and non-towed version), the M2 CS is visually distinguished by many carbon elements. The hood, roof, mirror caps and center console are made from this material. To this, we must add many aerodynamic appendages which, let’s face it, have no impact on the performance of this model if it remains on public roads.

The piece de resistance

Firmly rooted in its Michelin Sport Cups, which are particularly fond of hot and dry pavement, the M2 CS greedily swallows the ribbon of asphalt that squirms in front of it. Behind its largely indented bumper is the piece de resistance: the engine. Supple, melodious and invigorating, this in-line six-cylinder unleashes its horsepower on the rear wheels alone. These retain all their motor skills, unless of course they do something stupid that will immediately trigger the electronic guardian angels.

PHOTO LUCAS SCARFONE, SUPPLIED BY BMW

The M2 CS likes robust but fine riding.

The course is imperturbable, the balance, impeccable, and the motor skills, irreproachable.

As for braking, it is a model of balance and endurance, although ceramic discs require a certain period of acclimatization.

The M2 CS likes robust but fine riding. With rigorous precision, the steering allows this German to be placed at the chord point of the circuit to the nearest millimeter. And when the bumps dare no longer threaten the suspensions, the four wheels have slid to perfection, the engine screaming its joy at having so many valiant valves, it’s time to stop and go home. where a good shower awaits us.

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