With BMWs getting larger and the Motorsport division now building its first SUV (the XM) the current second-generation G87 M2, which entered production earlier this year, is a way for enthusiastic drivers to enjoy the spirit of iconic Bavarian models like the original E30 M3. However, the 2025 BMW M2 CS—the hardcore Competition Sport version of the M2— currently in its final development stage, will be a much-needed addition to the range.
With the current M2 weighing at least 3,814 lbs/1,730 kg (when fitted with the six-speed manual and carbon roof), this is about as heavy as the M4, so it mostly relies on its shorter wheelbase and smaller overall footprint to stand out compared to its big brother.
And one of the main improvements of the M2 CS (Competition Sport) is a weight reduction of around 50 lbs (23 kg), owing to multiple carbon elements, new wheels, and a lighter interior.
Interestingly, if we take a look at the 2025 M2 CS prototype spied here, which was captured at the Nurburgring by theprotohunter, this rides on wheels borrowed from the M4 CSL (Competition Sport Lightweight), an even more extreme model that’s around 100 lbs (50 kg) lighter than the standard G82 M4. And have you seen Tj Hunt’s BMW M4 GT3 carbon widebody build?
The spied prototype also shows that the 2025 M2 CS will ride a bit lower, while sporting a more aggressive front splitter and a larger rear spoiler. And with the styling of the standard M2 has already been the topic of heated debate, I have to note the test car seems to retain most of this under all that camouflage.
The BMW M2 CS should keep the standard M2’s BMW Curved Display ultra-wide digital cabin, while offering the latest version of the brand’s iDrive software.
The M2 CS’ S58 twin-turbo 3.0 straight-six will no longer sit in the shadow of the M4’s version
When the standard M2 was launched, the good news was this came with the S58 twin-turbo 3.0L straight-six, albeit detuned compared to the M4, as it offers 453 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque of the smaller coupe. However, you can expect the M2 CS to pack 500 hp and perhaps even come with a slight edge over the M4 Competition, which would mean an output of at least 520 hp.
As far as performance numbers go, you can expect slight improvements for the M2 CS—for the sake of comparison, you should know the normal M2 automatic needs 3.9s for the o to 60 mph sprint (make that 4.1s with the manual), while it can tip 177 mph when fitted with the M Driver’s Package.
The RWD-only setup of the normal M2 will remain in place for the CS. However, while the former can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, the all-out performance dedication of the M2 CS means this should only come in automatic form. You’ll also be able to tell the M2 CS apart thanks to a meaner-sounding exhaust, even though the ever-stricter European noise legislation means your expectations need a certain limit.
The 2025 BMW M2 CS will feature a significant price bump over the 2024 M2 Coupe, which comes with an MSRP of $63,200, especially since the former will be built in limited numbers. Expect BMW to release the 2025 M2 CS next year, with a summer/fall unveiling being likely.