The boss of BMW M responds to the M2 CSL rumors.
The BMW M2 is hands-down one of the best driver's cars on the market today. Used examples are surprisingly affordable too if you still haven't experienced its pure driving pleasure. But one of BMW's best M cars could get even better.
Since the original M2 launched, BMW has launched hotter Competition and CS variants, but enthusiasts are still waiting for the long-rumored, ultra-light M2 CSL. During a new episode of the new 'BMW Today' mini--series, the head of BMW's Motorsport division, Markus Flasch, was asked about the possibility of a BMW M2 CSL. His response was the following:
"To be honest, we haven't decided yet, but we will do more special models than in the past," he said.
"We want to show that our cars are derived from the race track and we want to close the gap between a competition high-performance car and a race car," said Flasch.
While this isn't confirmation, he didn't rule out the possibility of an M2 CSL joining the lineup in the future, so there's still hope yet. Production of the BMW M2 CS is limited to only 2,200 examples for the 2020 model year, so the M2 CSL could go on sale after the CS and act as a swan song for the current-generation M2. Previous rumors have also claimed the M2 CSL will go on sale in 2021 for one year, like the CS.
The rest of the video provides a further insight into the track-focused BMW M2 CS. "This is the most crisp machine BMW M has in its entire lineup," Flasch says proudly. Power is provided by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six found in the M3 and M4 tuned to produce 444 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with a dual-clutch automatic, the M2 CS will sprint to 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, while new carbon fiber components reduce the weight.
A hardcore CSL version of the M2 would offer more power and less weight, and has the potential to become the new ultimate BMW M car if it gets the green light for production. We're keeping our fingers crossed that BMW's fabled CSL moniker will finally make a comeback.