The M2 CS uses BMW’s S55 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six that produces 444 horsepower (327 kW or 450 metric horsepower listed in this video) and 406 pound-feet (550 newton-meter) of torque. Buyers can choose a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission, which is on display in this clip. Standard features also include an active M differential and an adaptive M suspension.
It challenges the older Cayman GT4 BMW with a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six that develops 380 hp (283 kW or 385 metric hp) and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm). Porsche only offered it with a six-speed manual.
The Cayman GT4 lacks power, but is significantly lighter. Also, the mid-enclosed layout helps with weight transfer during launch. These factors make the race less likely than it initially appears.
When the race begins, the BMW driver seems to have given the start a slight shock, but is not illuminated to be able to tell for sure. Porsche can keep, though. Cayman stays a bit behind, but M2CS manages to pull towards the end of the run.
If you watch this video and decide that you absolutely need to own an M2 CS, act quickly if you live in the US. BMW reportedly intends to bring only 400 examples of the vehicle into the country.