If there is one car that we’ve been craving for, then it has to be the alleged BMW M2 CSL. The highly rumored and super sporty compact sportscar has now been rendered by Monholo Oumar, the French graphic artist who gave us that beautiful 320i Turbo Hommage.
Whether it will be called CS, GTS or CSL, remains to be seen, but one thing is certain at this point – the wizards in Garching are indeed preparing a supped-up version of the high-seller M2 Coupe.
Packing a detuned variant of the S55 engine in the current BMW M3/M4, the BMW M2 CS will develop around 400 hp. No word on torque but it could be around the same 406 lb-ft as in the M3/M4. As it currently stands, the BMW M2, with its 365 hp N55 engine, is about as fast as the BMW M4, with both cars being equipped with BMW’s DCT gearbox. The M4 Competition Package can get from 0-60 mph in around 3.8 seconds, whereas the M2 does the same spring in 4.0 seconds flat. That’s mighty close, so with the new engine and increased power, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the M2 eclipse the M4, in terms of performance.
The renderings seen here take design cues from the M2, coupled with some aero parts from the BMW 2002 Hommage Concept. The wide hips and more aggressive front fascia remind us that this is no ordinary M2. The rear end stands out with a massive rear wing, paired with a sporty diffuser made of carbon fiber. Further sculpting is also applied to the rear bumper for that racing look.
Inside, like any respectable road legal sports car, the M2 CSL features lightweight seats with a roll cage, an M Performance Steering wheel adorned with carbon fiber and alcantara, and a center console and dashboard dressed up in carbon fiber as well.
With more power, even less weight and the same small package, the BMW M2 CSL should be one of the most exciting cars BMW has put since the E46 M3 CSL.