The head of BMW’s M division has conceded the new M2 CS isn’t actually any lighter than the M2 Competition “all things considered”.

Revealed in the first week of November 2019, the M2 CS is a “limited-run” model positioned above the M2 Competition (and due in South Africa in the second quarter of 2020).

Speaking to BMWBlog, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch admitted there was effectively no difference in weight between the two.

“They weigh about the same, all things considered, unless you equip the M2 CS with the carbon-ceramic brakes, which save about 25 kg,” Flasch said.

“The reason for being the same weight as the M2 Competition is the additional things we put in,” he added.

In BMW’s own technical data, both the M2 Competition and the M2 CS are listed with an unladen weight of 1 550 kg.

As the report points out, the M2 CS does gain some additional equipment, including a likely heavy adaptive M suspension system. Specifying a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission rather than a six-speed manual will surely add some heft, too.

But the M2 CS also employs a handful of weight-saving measures, such as a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic and roof, plus lightweight 19-inch Y-spoke forged wheels and “bucket-style” M Sport seats borrowed from the M4 CS.

As a reminder, new M2 CS employs a 3,0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol developing 331 kW and 550 N.m, which translates into a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,0 seconds for the self-shifter and 4,2 seconds for the manual. Regardless of the chosen transmission, the electronically governed top speed comes in at 280 km/h thanks to the standard fitment of the M Driver’s Package.