400hp BMW M2 CSL arriving

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BMW is presently working on a more hardcore version of the M2 coupe badged as the M2 CSL. This is the first time since 2004 that the CLS nameplate will be used on a BMW model. Due to arrive at the end of the current-gen M2’s lifecycle, the M2 CSL will follow in the older M3 CSL’s footsteps and offer a bare-bones interior and carbon-fibre bits to save on weight. The engine is expected to be borrowed from the current M3 and M4. The turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol unit is expected to pump out 400hp, sending power to the rear wheels only via a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. While the automatic will offer better performance, the demand internationally for a manual transmission on performance cars will ensure the latter sells well. The German manufacturer decided to introduce the M2 CSL after sales of the standard M2 exceeded predictions.

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