BMW is preparing to introduce its second generation M2. The new model is expected to be badged M2 CS or CSL (the latter name has just been revived on the limited-run M4 CSL).
The upcoming M2 will follow the G87 M2 as a more powerful, track-focused version of Munich’s baby performance car. It will be positioned similar to the previous generation top-colour M2 CS, which was the hardcore version of the F87 M2 and a sturdier version of the famous M2 competition which was also sold in India.
The new car will come with a more aggressive, full front end with a splitter, as well as an integrated rollover bar and a rear spoiler.
The track-focused variant is expected to get an upgraded version of BMW’s turbocharged six-cylinder S58 engine that makes 473hp, matching the current M4. This will give it a 29hp gain compared to the standard M2, which itself will produce 444hp from the S58 powerplant – the same output as the F87 M2 CS. Power will be sent to the rear wheels via BMW’s paddleshift eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The car will be the same size as the standard M2, which is about 50 mm bigger than the previous generation. This is due to the cluster architecture platform that the G87 M2 shares with other BMW models, including the 8 Series Coupe and the X7 SUV.
The new M2 CS is also expected to weigh less than the standard M2. By comparison, the previous generation M2 CS weighed 25kg less than the standard M2 (1,575kg) on which it was based. The weight of the new M2 has not been disclosed yet, but due to the new base, it is expected to be heavier than the F87 M2. However, it is not as heavy as the current M4 Coupe, which weighs 1,725kg.
While there is no news of the new M2 arriving in India as of now, we expect BMW to offer a limited number of models in the Indian market like other M cars.