The BMW M2 is not even out and rumors around a future model are already pouring in. Over the last few months, we’ve learned about the possibility of a future BMW M2 CSL, a lightweight “baby-M” that it’s more track focused than its yet-to-be-revealed brother.
Earlier this year, BMW design director, Adrian Van Hooydonk spoke about the possibility of a car inspired by the E30 M3. While he did not speak of which model would be used to create said E30 M3 inspiration, the most probable car would be the M2, slated for a 2016 release.
Another E30-inspired M2 might be labeled M2 CSL, and could feature design cues like distinctive wheelarches creasing and a wing, while all the aerodynamic parts will be fixed. “With M cars, we try to get the downforce right without moveable aero. It’s the most authentic way,” said Hooydonk.
And the rendering embedded here puts those hints in practice and deliver a track-ready M2 with lots of racing styling.
All CSL vehicles have had similar treatments to turn a standard BMW road car into a track monster. Given the Colin Chapman treatment, CSLs “add lightness”. They’re stripped out, widened, lowered and given more aggressive aerodynamics. This new car should be no different.
To go along with all of the aero and added lightness, the M2 CSL would also have quite a nice bump in power. The standard M2 is rumored to have around 370 hp, so expect a CSL to have closer to 400. With that much lower and the extra aerodynamics, the CSL would be one extreme track car.
That is essentially what an M2 CSL would be, a track oriented sports car. When paired to a 6-Speed manual, which hopefully will be available as the last CSL was SMG only, a CSL could be an excellent rival to the Porsche Cayman GT4.[Image: TopSpeed]