400bhp BMW M2 CSL tests, flat-out at Nurburgring

A hardcore version of the BMW M2 coupe is under development and seems ready to bring the CSL nameplate at the rear for the production, for the first time since 2004.

M2 CSL, a run-out model at the end of the current M2 of the production of life, to follow the shape of the E46 M3 CSL with a stripped interior, bucket seats and weight-saving carbon fiber parts.

It will be an output of about 400bhp from a turbo 3.0-liter straight-six petrol engine which is probably borrowed from the M3 and M4. Sources believe that this S55 units are to be used in detuned form rather than a highly strung version of the M2 the elderly N55 lump, because of the greater reliability and the best answers, the latest technology allows.

Drive will however be sent exclusively to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Despite the advantages offered by the latter, market demand, driver-focused cars to ensure the manual remains standard.

BMW has been encouraged to produce M2 CSL following sales for the standard model, which have far exceeded the forecast. BMW M, vice president Dirk Hacker told Autocar that this is making special editions more easy to justify, even in the current climate of economic uncertainty.

“The M2 is tracking at 40-50% above our expectations in terms of sales, and the demand for cars like the M2, or GTS, and CS heritage models, is growing,” he said. “Any car that has real heritage motorsport is an opportunity for us. New markets are always open for those cars will increase, so long as we continue to build cars that are pretty special.”

Our source dismissed the rumors that the M2 CSL arrive at the same time as the M2 facelift, which is due to go on sale next year. Development of cars for that model were spotted out on the road and at the Nürburgring, showing minor cosmetic changes that will be applied to the car, bumper and lights. Bigger brakes will also be fitted, suggesting that more power can be extracted from the engine N55.

The re-introduction of the CSL name for BMW’s line-up, which marks the end of the line for the GTS models, leaving the M4 GTS as the final drive to use the moniker. CSL was chosen because of its long history, having been used on a homologation special version of the CS, the 3.0 CSL in 1972. The L has been added to designate the car lighter.

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