Price, fuel economy, range and depreciation

There is no reason why anyone could not use an M2 CS as everyday transport. Assuming you have the requisite £75,000, rising to £83,260 for the car tested here, securing an example shouldn’t be too difficult, either. BMW intends to build at least 2200 cars, although that number is a target rather than a ceiling, and if demand is there, it could increase.

However, one thing to bear in mind is that, as of September this year, the S55 engine no longer complies with European emission standards and production will end. Prospective British buyers would do well to make up their mind without hesitation.

For the same amount of money as the M2 CS, you could get hold of an immaculate M3 CSL. It’s an enviable dilemma that would give me sleepless nights.

Or perhaps not. The halo effect of any top-billing M division product means that independent sellers will in the short term put a premium on the M2 CS. Don’t be surprised to see some cars listed for six-figure sums.

However, the recent M4 CS and M3 CS have both suffered from painful depreciation, to the extent that it’s now possible to buy either with very few miles on the clock for little more than £55,000 – £30,000 less than the original price.

We wouldn’t expect the M2 CS to depreciate with such vigour, not least because it is better to drive than its bigger siblings, but savvy buyers willing to wait a year or so may save themselves some money.

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