German tuner Lightweight Performance reveals 610 hp BMW M2 CSR

Article by Christian A., on May 10, 2017

Fans and critics are all waiting for the release of another hot BMW number. Yes, everyone’s anxiously waiting to see what the M2 CS and M2 CSL will look like and how well it will perform on the streets. But of course, it will take a while to experience another BMW stunner so German auto tuning company Lightweight Performance decided to take matters into their own hands by creating their own version of an M2 – a faster one at that.

The creation is called the M2 CSR, short for “Carbon Sport Race”, which at first glance may look tame but it possesses mind-blowing power thanks to its engine update. Instead of its original M2 engine, Lightweight Performance installed an S55 six-cylinder engine with water injection (similar to that of the M3 an M4’s) allowing the M2 CSR to produce a whopping 610 horsepower (456 kilowatts) and 568 pound-feet (767 Newton-meters) or torque – that’s about 245 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of increase from the standard M2’s numbers. Isn’t it amazing?

This additional power allows the M2 CSR to make a 0 to 60-mile per hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint in less than three seconds. It also has a recorded top speed of 203 mph (328 kph), 48 mph faster than the original M2, achievable using the standard six-speed manual or the optional BMW seven-speed automatic – with power directed exclusively to its rear wheels.

Aside from its powertrain, another element that enables it to reach its maximum potential is a well-designed exterior that helps add to its aerodynamic abilities. Some of these new aerodynamic upgrades include a more aggressive front splitter, a massive rear wing, and a new set of lightweight forged wheels wrapped by 265/35-19 and 295/30-19 Michelin Cup 2 tires. Almost everything that is found inside the cabin is coated in carbon fiber with red accents for emphasis. It also features a rear seat delete with a roll cage for added safety.

The German-based auto tuning company envisioned a lightweight version of the BMW M2, with a weight loss goal of around 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) – good news, they actually did! Tipping the scale at 1,371 kg (3,022 pounds) the M2 CSR is lighter than the standard M2’s 1,564 kg (3,448 pounds) – that’s around 195 kilograms (430 pounds) less weight. Amazing! This weight loss is all credited to the extensive use of carbon fiber on the M2 CSR, not only in its cabin but also for the roof (similar to that of the BMW M4 GTS), doors, hood and trunk lid; even its extendable front spoiler, rear end wing and engine cover is made of carbon fiber. It’s quite amazing how such material benefits the whole cause of cutting weight – also taking note that its titanium exhaust system is also a contributor.

Pricing is yet to be revealed but as far as manufacturing and delivery is concerned, customers may opt to buy a completed version (which is available from the shop) or those who already own an M2 may bring it to the shop for a full conversion. Of course, these upgrades don’t come cheap so it’s better to have those deep pockets ready to get this amazing turnout.

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