It is suggested that alongside launching the eagerly awaited BMW M2 later this year, the German marque is also developing a hardcore variant dubbed the M2 CSL. The car will apparently debut sometime next year.

Very few details about the potential BMW M2 CSL are available but it is suggested that it will be the first in a number of new ‘CSL’ branded models from the German automaker. These CSL models won’t just be hardcore, but will also be used as test beds in developing new performance features for the BMW brand, claims an insider.

Visually, the M2 CSL could take inspiration from BMW’s recent Hommage concept cars and inevitably include flared wheel arches and a large rear wing.

As for the ‘regular’ M2, it is tipped to feature a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine delivering a total of 365 hp and 342 lb-ft of torque. Alongside these new power and torque figures, it is suggested that the BMW M2 will feature a torque overboost system which sees twisting power bumped up to 368 lb-ft. What these figures mean is that the BMW M2 will have at its disposal an extra 44 hp over the already brisk BMW M235i. Consequently, 100 km/h should fly by in less than 4.5 seconds.

Crucially, it was recently revealed that the BMW M2 will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission while a 7-speed dual-clutch auto will be available as an option.

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