BMW's North American CEO confirms that the compact sports car will be shown to us in 2022.
2022 is a big year for the BMW M division because it marks the fifth decade since it was initiated by the Bavarian brand. It has already been understood that the highly anticipated BMW M4 CSL will make its official appearance at its 50th-anniversary celebrations but it looks like we may get to see another model from the performance arm later this year.
It is already common knowledge that the all-new BMW M2 is imminent as it is set to fill the massive shoes of the F87-generation model. We've seen some spy pictures of the brand's smallest M car under heavy camouflage with aggressive body panels that are pleasantly distinctive from the current flagship of the 2 Series range, the M240i.
Speaking to Autoblog regarding the arrival of this model, BMW's North American CEO Sebastian Mackensen confirmed that the new M2 will officially break cover sometime this year, although he didn't give specifics about which month it might arrive in. With this in mind, all things going well, you could be able to take delivery of one by 2023.
Frustratingly, Mackensen is not too generous regarding the technical details of the upcoming BMW M2 but recent reports suggest that it will take full advantage of the CLAR platform by employing the division's S58 twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six with a detuned 490-horsepower output. Thankfully, there is a strong chance that the option of a six-speed manual gearbox will also maintain its presence.
Backing up previous reports of the M4 CSL's scheduled reveal this year, Mackensen also confirms that a lightweight G82 M4 model will be presented in 2022. The big question is whether it will share the stage with the M2 at its 50th Anniversary celebration or be the sole attraction. Given that it is such a big year for BMW M, we'd think they'd want to go all out and use this as a platform to reveal as many new cars as possible.
The M4 CSL has been rumored to be the most extreme 4 Series-based production car to ever be sold to the public. Using the aforementioned S58 unit, we could expect to see a power output figure of more than 540 hp and a weight reduction of 220 pounds.