The BMW M2 CSL is expected to arrive at the end of the current-gen M2's lifecycle. It will be similar to the older M3 CSL and will feature stripped-down interior and carbon fibre parts to reduce weight.
The new M2 CSL is likely to draw power from the existing 3-litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine churning out around 400bhp of power. The engine will be coupled to a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox delivering power to the rear wheels.
The German automaker decided to develop the M2 CSL after the sales of the standard M3 grew more than the company's expectation. BMW M Vice President, Dirk Hacker said, "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."
The prototype version of the M2 CSL has been spotted testing on the Nurburgring with subtle cosmetic changes and bigger brakes which indicates that more power could be extracted from the 3-litre engine.
The CSL nameplate will replace the GTS models in the BMW's line up, which means the M4 GTS will be the final car to use the moniker. BMW has opted for CSL due to its longer history.
The CSL moniker was first used in 1972 on the special version of BMW CS. The L was added to denote the car's lightweight. The new M2 CSL will also be light and feature hardcore performance parts to extract most out of the 3-litre engine.