The BMW M2 CS was one of 2020’s stand-out performance cars. The boffins at the M Division gave it more power (450hp to be precise) and more focus than the already brilliant M2 Competition, and then BMW plonked on a hefty price tag to match.
Clearly, that treatment didn’t go far enough for some though, because Manhart’s tuned M2 CS is producing 600hp and 830Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six. Crikey.
The Wuppertal-based tuner has fitted something it calls a ‘turbo performance kit’ as well as a new intercooler, a carbon intake and a fresh stainless-steel valve-controlled exhaust system. There’s also been an engine remap and some form of upgrade to the seven-speed auto box, although Manhart hasn’t gone into the specifics of what that entails.
There’s new suspension courtesy of H&R too, as well as 20-inch forged wheels and the option of a brake upgrade, although the car you see above has its standard M2 CS stopping system.
So, let’s talk about the styling. Not great is it? The wild livery apes Manhart’s recent MH4 GTR – based on the M4 DTM Champion Edition – and there’s a whole heap of rather unnecessary carbon in the form of those side-mounted air vents and that large rear wing. Manhart says it references the M2 CS Racing. Not for us, thanks.
The interior looks great though, with a carbon steering wheel, Recaro sports seats and an additional engine display in the centre console. What do we think folks?
STORY Greg Potts