With BMW’s M2 Competition coming aboard to succeed the well-respected M2, shaving a quarter of a second off its 0-to-60 time in the process, we figured the brand would put the model on the back burner for a while. However, earlier this week an M2 test mule was spied on the Nürburgring by Motor1.
The outlet surmised that this was likely a prototype for a high performance CS or CLS variant, but we remained uncertain. For all we knew BMW was simply testing new pieces from its performance parts catalog and felt the need to disguise them with some body-colored tape. Then, a few days later, rumors emerged that a production date had already been set for the M2 CS.
Citing inside sources, BMWBlog claims the German automaker has already set its sights on March 2020 for an assembly kickoff. It also said the car seen in Nürburg was indeed a CS mule. Equipped with huge calipers, larger rotors, a new spoiler, front splitter, and some very lightweight-looking wheels, the model appears to be serious business.
Previous rumors suggested an M2 CS could be ready for America by 2020, with the rest of the world getting an even more hardcore CLS variant the following year. However, the blog made no mention of the CSL — suggesting that the CS could be all BMW has planned at the moment. Production is expected to be limited; we wouldn’t expect more than a couple thousand examples. Of course, nothing has been confirmed by the manufacturer, and a lot can happen in a year and a half.