This Is The Next Best Thing To A BMW M2 CSL

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Why wait for the BMW M2 CSL to arrive when you can have this?

With less weight and more power than the standard car, the BMW M2 CS is the ultimate version of the BMW M2. That's no small feat considering the M2 is one of BMW M's best driver's cars in a long time. But there's a problem: you won't be able to buy one for much longer because BMW only plans to sell the M2 CS for one model year.

BMW also hasn't decided if the M2 will get the lightweight CSL treatment. Thankfully, there's now an alternative option to fill the void if you want an M2 that's even more powerful and lighter than the M2 Competition.

Lightweight Performance
Lightweight Performance

German tuner Lightweight Performance has shed a significant amount of weight off the BMW M2 Competition. Like the M2 CS, a carbon-fiber roof has been fitted to lower the car's center of gravity. The front spoiler and rear diffuser are finished in carbon fiber while a new rear spoiler has been fitted to increase the downforce and give the car a sportier look.

The 19-inch wheels only weigh 20 pounds, reducing the weight by seven pounds, and the exhaust system has also been replaced to shed another 15 pounds while providing a more aggressive soundtrack. These modifications reduce the weight of the BMW M2 Competition by 66 pounds.

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Lightweight Performance
Lightweight Performance
Lightweight Performance

The German tuner has also done some tinkering under the hood. Lightweight Performance has managed to extract 494 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque from the BMW M2 Competition's 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six - that's 50 more hp and 75 more lb-ft than the M2 CS. As a result, 0-62 mph now takes 4.3 seconds, which is a tenth of a second quicker than the standard car.

The 0-124 mph is two seconds faster at 12.9 seconds, while top speed increases from 174 mph with the Driver's Package installed to 188 mph. Pricing for Lightweight's tuning package starts at €20,000 ($21,000). Even when added on top of the M2 Competition's base price, it still works out cheaper than the $80,000 BMW M2 CS.

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