In essence, a BMW M2 Competition with everything turned up to 11, the new Club Sport model not only looks the part but is also able to put the extra power it has to the ground, even though it's RWD only.
Before you jump to conclusions, and despite of an entire array of parts entirely made of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), the new sports coupe weighs exactly the same as the BMW M2 Competition.
The hood, front splitter, rear Gurney lip, the rear diffuser and for the first time in the M2, the entire roof, are made entirely from CFRP, yet the car weighs in at 1,625 kilograms (EU, which includes a 68 kg driver, 7 kg of luggage and a 90% full gas tank) with the manual transmission. If you go for the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox the EU weight increases to 1,650 kilograms.
Never mind the weight, though, because the CFRP roof alone should decrease the center of gravity massively, while the other modifications to the chassis and the extra power give the M2 CS a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of 4 seconds flat with the DCT and 4.2 seconds with the manual transmission.
Speaking of which, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six develops 450 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque, 40 hp more than in the M2 Competition and 9 hp more than the M4, both of which being slower than the new M2 CS.
Stopping power comes courtesy of a pair of gigantic 400 mm diameter disc brakes on the front axle and 380 mm on the rear, while the forged 19-inch wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as standard. In other words, anyone trying to bet on the standard M4 being faster than the M2 CS on the Nurburgring will probably lose money.