BMW exec says M2 CS 'most crisp and pure' M model in years
It is unclear if the more hardcore track-focused M2 will one-up the current M4.
BMW M head Markus Flasch is apparently very excited over the M2 CS, due to be revealed in the coming days.
The Clubsport edition promises to be even more capable than the M2 Competition, which boasts 402 horsepower and launches to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds -- just shy of the M4 Coupe's 425 horses and 4.1-second acceleration benchmark.
Flasch describes the new M2 CS as "the most crisp and pure BMW M model that we have launched in quite some time," promising that it drives like a "race car with license plates," according to an interview with Australia's Carsales.
If the outgoing M3 CS serves as a template, the M2 CS may get around 30 extra horsepower and hopefully a weight reduction of at least 100 pounds, though the M4 CS only brought a marginal 10-horsepower bump over the M4 Competition. The company may not be too worried about upstaging the current M3 and M4, as both are due for their own redesign that will presumably correct any temporary inversion in the pecking order.
BMW development head Klaus Frohlich last year voiced frustration with automotive journalists who "say 'ooh the E46 CSL was the last real 3 Series ... I do not want to hear that s--t anymore." He will presumably be paying attention as journalists make the inevitable comparison between the forthcoming CS and the beloved CSL, which arrived on the market 15 years ago with 550 fewer pounds than the modern M2 Competition.