Though the dual-clutch automatic is quicker to 60 mph by 0.2 seconds.

The 2020 BMW M2 CS has arrived after a year of spy photos, speculations, and leaks. The M2 CS is a step above the M2 Competition, offering more power, tweaked looks, and improved performance.

Powering M’s smallest performance model is BMW’s turbocharged S55 inline-six engine. It makes 444 bhp and 406 pound-feet of torque – 39 more bhp than the M2 competition. The mill pairs with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission. 

If zero-to-60 times are important, you should choose the auto – it reaches 60 miles per hour 0.2 seconds quicker – 3.8 seconds – than the manual. The top speed is 174 mph. Those numbers could change before production begins in March 2020.

Standard equipment includes the Active M differential and Adaptive M suspension, the latter of which wasn’t previously available on the M2. It provides three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport+. M Carbon Ceramic Brakes are optional over the standard M Compound brakes. Nineteen-inch wheels in a high-gloss jet-black finish are standard though a gold matte finish is optional. Michelin Cup 2 tyres are available. 

Gallery: BMW M2 CS (2020)

The BMW M2 CS uses a lot of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). The German automaker uses the material for the front splitter, roof, rear spoiler, M twin-stalk exterior mirrors, rear diffuser, and bonnet, which weighs half that of a traditional steel bonnet. The material finds its way inside, too, shaving 2.7 kilograms from the centre console. 

Inside, there’s plenty of leather and Alcantara, which covers the centre armrest and dash. The M Sport steering wheel is also covered in Alcantara with red contrast stitching and the mandatory race stripe at 12 o’clock. M Competition seats in Alcantara and black leather with red contrasting stitching are standard. The seats feature the BMW M motorsports stripes embroidered into the headrests with the CS logo on the rear seat headrests. 

The 2020 BMW M2 CS will make its world debut later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.