The other reason 455 hp makes a splash is because that would give the M2 CS one equine more than the M3 and M4 with the Competition package. True, the M3 and M4 have gone out of production while we wait on the next-gen cars. But the M2 CS could still lord over its bigger brothers for a year.
Ynguldyn says the transmission options will be "both manual and DCT," which we'll figure is a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
A carbon roof — which BMW didn't offer on the M2 Competition to ensure daylight between it and the M4 — will come standard. Black Sapphire, Alpine White, and Hockenheim Silver are the three traditional color choices, joined by the new Misano Blue. A black interior is predicted to be the only choice, with an Alcantara-covered steering wheel among the few options.
M Carbon ceramic brakes can supposedly be added; they aren't an option on the M2 Competition. Those brakes add $8,150 to the price of an M4 Competition.
Price is the touchy subject regarding the M2 CS. BMW priced the 2019 M4 CS — which couldn't be had with a manual transmission — at $103,100, about $30,000 more than the M4 Competition. The M2 Competition starts at $58,900, and everything from $68K to $80K has been mooted. There were stories long ago about the M2 CS being limited to 1,000 units, though. If that's the case, price won't matter.