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BMW 2 Series Cabriolet becomes a 315kW M2 drop-top

By Chris Thompson, 21 Apr 2020 News

BMW 2 Series Cabriolet M2 conversion news

Think the BMW 2 Series isn’t tough enough? This one might change your mind

Does the idea of hitting 300km/h in a compact coupe tickle your fancy? What about with the roof down? German tuner Lightweight Performance has built a car that can do just that.

The Lightweight BMW M2 Cabriolet (or Hillary, as they’ve named it) is a 315kW/600Nm BMW F23 2 Series Cabriolet that’s been given not only M2 Styling and power, but also the necessary components to be much closer to an M2 than a four-seat convertible really has any right to.

Given an M240i weighs about 1455kg while an M240i Cabriolet weighs in at 1620kg, we imagine the Custom M2 job here is a similar story.

An M2 Competition normally weighs roughly 1550kg, so the idea of a 1700kg+ compact sports convertible is an odd one. It also brings the tuning company’s name into question.

But Lightweight boss Marc Müller says the car really needed to live up to the M2 name, so the company’s made sure it’s able to handle its new outputs.

"It was important to us that we not only convert this vehicle visually to an M2, but that the entire technology from the M2 is actually installed in the vehicle," Muller says, originally in German.

“Visual conversions of an F23 to an M2 already exist, for us that was not the challenge. The DCT, including differentials from M2 axles, that was a must."

Bilstein Clubsport suspension, a braking system with ABS mimicking that of the M4 GTS, plenty of carbon, and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres complete the package.

Lightweight is offering the M2 Cabriolet for sale at €85,000, which directly converts to AUD$145,860, but in Germany the M2 Competition costs €61,900 (AUD$106,146) which just about matches Australian pricing.