The 2017 BMW M2 has been facelifted in to the new BMW M2 CS. But this could potentially be a whole new model with a more powerful engine.
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The new BMW M2 CS has been spotted during its cold-weather testing in northern Sweden. Reports noted that this could be the more driver-focused, yet wilder version of the BMW M2. It has been heavily camouflaged but this still could be a new model, not simply a facelifted version.
Car Magazine reports that there were clues pointing to the spy shots that this, in fact, is the new BMW M2 CS. First off is the arrangement of the exhaust. It closely resembles that of the M3 and M4, compared with the standard setup of the exhaust in the M2.
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Further, the dual-clutch transmission cooler has also been moved. This could indicate that the M2 CS could be packing a different engine compared with the current M2. Usually, we can get a glance of the DCT cooler's return line right in the middle of the vehicle's kidney grille. But it seems that it is in the lower part of the grille for the M2 CS, which is again similar to that on the M3 and M4. Adding to more suspicion is the massive armor used to cover the front end. Well, the German automaker wouldn't go to such lengths if they weren't hiding anything under all that.
According to AutoGuide, since the DCT cooler has been displaced, this could mean that the BMW M2 CS has the S55 engine instead of the N55. If this vehicle is packing a more powerful engine, it could produce around 400 horses. But we will find out once the car makes its debut and whether the German automaker will allow it to reach 425 horses like that in the M3 and M4.
All these are true, then the BMW M2 CS could be a worthy adversary with even less weight and more power. Revised suspensions, adaptive dampers taken from the M3 and M4, and also a body kit for this vehicle are to be expected.
We will keep you updated as soon as this model makes it official debut. Stay tuned for more news and updates on the BMW M2 CS before 2017 commences.