SPYSHOT: F87 BMW M2 CS manual seen up close!

Remember not too long ago we told you that there would be a new range-topping F87 BMW M2 CS? Well, you’re looking at one of the test mules, and if that’s not a strong enough case for you to celebrate, this one could be available with a manual transmission. In fact, this prototype is a manual!

Set to be revealed later this year alongside the new 2 Series Gran Coupe, the M2 CS is rumoured to get a revised version of the twin-turbocharged S55 3.0 litre inline-six engine from the M2 Competition, and potentially produce as much as 445 hp. That’s a staggering jump from the M2 Competition’s 410 hp and 550 Nm mark, which in itself is capable of a century sprint time of 4.2 seconds.

If the M2 CS were to be as powerful as it is tipped to be, then expect the zero to 100 km/h time to dip below four seconds. The spy photos here don’t reveal much, but word is the hot coupe will receive a carbon-fibre roof, as well as a redesigned bonnet with a central bulge. Of course, the CS version will get better aerodynamic performance, which materialises in more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and a larger rear spoiler.

SPYSHOT: F87 BMW M2 CS manual seen up close!

To manage all that power, expect the brakes to be upgraded. Other mechanical tweaks could range from stiffer suspension, improved exhaust system and larger intercoolers. As for the transmission, a six-speed manual transmission is almost a certainty at this point, although a fast-shifting seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission may also be available.

As for the cabin, there could be new trimmings, although the black leather/Alcantara upholstery seems to be the only option on offer. Other possible additions include Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with programmable M1 and M2 buttons, Alcantara-wrapped gear shifter, as well as carbon-fibre inserts. What do you think of the M2 CS? Comment, below.

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