Can This Be An M3 CSL E46 Hommage

With the M2, BMW most certainly proved it is still hard into developing epic driving machines. The M2 Competition, which is like the M2 doubled, was the next step into the direction any BMW enthusiast imagined. Now, seemingly, BMW is traveling even further into the extremes with the M2. Spy photographers (guys who probably camp at the ‘Ring waiting for their next braking pep) caught yet another M2 prototype. Some say it is the 2021 BMW M2 CS - the next hardcore version scheduled to shake and stir the whole goddamn small sports car market. The one to properly tackle the likes of the Cayman, some versions of the F-Type, and the like. I am still fresh from my driving stint in the M240i, and I can’t even imagine how cool a car like the M2 CS will be.

Will the 2021 BMW M2 CS Be Worth It?

The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020 Exterior Spyshots
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This is a proper question. The car pepped-at the Nurburgring had a few cool M Performance parts stacked to it casting a rather big shadow on the alleged M2 CS. Now, this may only be a car that serves to test new M Performance pieces.

Regardless, the thing is that the M2 CS could be the spiritual successor to the beloved M3 CSL E46.

And it could just be what the enthusiasts have been craving ever since production of the mad E46 ended.

Yet, a case can be made that this really is the M2 CS. It seems that the wheels are the largest of all BMW 2 Series cars I’ve seen so far. The space between the tires and the fenders is the tiniest imaginable. Then, we have those front and back bumpers featuring an all-new shape. All of this makes me think that the M2 CS will become the most extreme interpretation of the M2 family.

The M2 Competition with M-Performance parts is already a venomous machine with a 3.0-liter that develops 305 horsepower. The M2 CS, if it comes, will likely be a tiny bit more powerful, a bit lighter, and even more hardcore.

What Makes the BMW M2 CS Different From the BMW M2?

The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020 Exterior Spyshots
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The speed of the thing should overcome the imaginable barriers the M4 set for the M2.

Now, with the M4 almost gone, the M2 CS should come as the ultimate small BMW snake.

I don’t know how or why, but I feel like I already like it.

Expectedly, it will not be unlimited. As is the case with certain CS cars that came before (the M3 and the M4), the M2 CS should be a highly limited commodity. I cannot say how many BMW plans to produce because I do not have a clue. A knowledgeable guess (if the can be one for this kind of a thing) would be a bit more than 1,000 units at best

So, compared with the M2 Competition, the 2021 M2 CS should have:

  • Better aerodynamics with a larger rear spoiler
  • Less luxury equipment inside
  • Less weight overall
  • Bigger wheels
  • Stiffer springs
  • Less roll
  • A more powerful engine
  • A much higher price tag
  • A waiting list

Further Reading

The 2021 BMW M2 CS\CSL Was Spotted on the Nurburging; May Enter Limited Production in March 2020 Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2021 BMW M2 CS/CSL.

2019 BMW M2 Competition Exterior Wallpaper quality
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so BMW probably won’t increase pricing too much

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW M2 Competition.

2016 - 2018 BMW M2 Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M2.

2004 BMW M3 CSL Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2004 BMW M3 CSL.

Source: BMW Blog

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