BMW M2 CS Thinks It Can Beat a McLaren 720S Spider, Boy, Was It Wrong!


Arguably one of the best driver’s cars ever made by BMW, the M2 CS has conquered the hearts and minds of enthusiasts all over the world.

Some of them have pinned it against the likes of older supercars or modern sports cars with rather surprising results, yet in this case, it went on against something way more powerful: the McLaren 720S Spider.

As its name suggests, it has 720 ps (710 hp / 530 kW), and 770 Nm (568 lb-ft) of torque produced by the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. The output and thrust are greater, however, dyno tests have revealed, but officially, the British exotic model needs 2.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph), and 7.9 seconds from 0 to 200 kph (0-124 mph). Top speed is rated at 212 mph (341 kph).

Despite sharing the CS logo with the crazy BMW M5, the M2 CS isn’t that powerful. In fact, it has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six engine that kicks out 450 ps (444 hp / 331 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque, which can be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. With the auto box, the 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) sprint is dealt with in 4.0 seconds, and the stick shift variant is two tenths of a second slower. At 280 kph (174 mph), top speed is identical in both of them.

The spec sheets of both cars reveal the obvious winner, which is the 720S Spider. Speaking of which, we have also seen this particular example take on the 2022 BMW M5 CS a couple of weeks ago, and a 1,200 horsepower Nissan GT-R a few days later. As for the M2 CS, it tried its luck last week against the big bad M5 CS, and you can watch that drag race here.