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The BMW M2 is already one of our favorite cars here at Motor Authority, but it seems the formula is about to be improved upon.
According to a report in the print version of Auto Motor und Sport (via BMW Blog), BMW has given the green light for a more hardcore version of the car.
Some of the proposed modifications are said to include lighter carbon fiber replacements for some of the body panels, new aerodynamic elements, a stripped-out cabin with even sound deadening materials removed, plus more power. The current M2 makes 365 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6.
The report has generated rumors that the hardcore M2 might revive BMW’s CSL badge. Those three letters, an acronym for Coupe Sport Lightweight, were last used for a version of the 2004 BMW M3. Since then BMW has used the GTS badge for its hardcore models but since the automaker has just launched an M4 GTS we could see the CSL badge dug up for the M2.
Stay tuned for an update.