Senior management from BMW’s M division recently commented that its smallest M Coupe model is also proving to be one of its most popular. It’s no wonder that a more hard-core BMW M2 CS was spotted testing by YouTuber Automotive Mike at the Nurburgring.

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Level 3

The BMW M2 proved to be quite a hit when it was launched about four years ago. Since then BMW added a more focussed M2 Competition to the listings. This BMW M2 CS will be the third derivative of the M2 family. Its impending arrival was leaked via a dealer bulletin a few months ago, so it is no surprise to the see cars undergoing final stages of dynamic testing at the Nordschleife during a recent industry day.

More track focussed

The BMW M2 CS is said to be even more track ready than the Competition version. Upgrades include a sharper steering action, stiffer suspension setup and larger brakes. A few choice styling touches also seem to be part of the package. Among these are a more pronounced splitter, bulging bonnet and larger rear spoiler.

The aforementioned dealer bulletin (leaked via a BMW enthusiast forum) states that the model has more power at 331 kW, up nearly 30 kW, from the twin-turbocharged 3,0-litre inline six. Peak torque remains unchanged at 550 N.m. Power will be sent to the rear axle via a six-speed manual as standard with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission as an alternative. Michelin Pilot Cup rubber wrapped around lightweight 19-inch forged alloys will be tasked to send that power to the ground.

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Limited edition

Reports suggest that the BMW M2 CS will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year. It is expected to go on sale next year. Allegedly BMW plans for this to be a limited-edition model with just 2 200 units going on sale worldwide.