The impending hardcore variant of the BMW M2 could receive the same twin-turbocharged engine driving both the M3 and M4.
Bimmer Today reports that engineers at the company have decided to de-tune the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter S55 six-cylinder of the M3/M4 rather than upgrading the M2’s existing single-turbo six-pot. Whereas the standard M2 pumps out 365 hp and the M3/M4 both have 425 hp, this more potent M2 derivative could split the siblings with 400 hp.
Such a figure would put the model directly in the cross-hairs of the latest-generation TT RS, which is driven by a 394 hp five-cylinder turbocharged engine. The decision to use the M3/M4 S55 engine would also result in a healthy boost in torque over the already potent M2.
The German publication goes on to claim that the hardcore M2 could be badged the CS, rather than the CSL or GTS, and that it may borrow the suspension setup of the M3/M4, albeit tuned for its reduced size and weight.
Thanks to a selection of new aero elements and its implementation of numerous weight saving measures, the M2 CS has the makings of being one of the best sports cars released in recent years.