Car News 22 Sep 2017

Hardcore BMW M2 CSL with 400 bhp currently under development

A hardened version of the popular BMW M2 is currently under development and will bring about the reintroduction of the CSL nametag, replacing the popular GTS nametag.

Like the GTS variants, the M2 CSL will feature a stripped out interior, complete with bucket seats and a plethora of carbon fibre to aid with weight saving. It is understood the M2 CSL will use the turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine taken from the M3 and M4 and is expected to generate 400 bhp. Power will still be sent exclusively to the rear wheels and will be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox.

The M2 CLS has been created in response to high consumer demand for the M2, which exceeded BMW’s expectations. BMW M vice president Dirk Hacker highlights the demand for these sort of cars, despite the current economic climate. “The M2 is tracking at 40-50% above our expectation in terms of sales, and demand for cars like the M2, or GTS and CS heritage models, is growing,” he said. “Any car that has true heritage to motorsport is an opportunity for us. New markets are always opening for those cars and that will increase, so long as we keep building cars that are sufficiently special.”

The M2 CSL is due as a run-out model for the current M2, with the new model expected in 2018.

 

 

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