BMW M2 Rumored to Spawn a 400-HP 'GTS' Version
Seemingly in no time at all, the all-new BMW M2—a car that has no historic predecessor by name—has become the undeniable performance pin-up of the BMW universe. It’s been hailed as the spiritual successor of the iconic BMW E30 and E36 M3 coupes, and a genuine return to the recipe that gave the M3 such a hallowed reputation. Now however, if recent reports are accurate, the M2 could potentially be heading for all-new heights of performance, what German outlet Auto Sport und Motor reports to be an M2 “GTS” or “CSL” variant. (Gasp!) According to BMW Blog, the German magazine believes this M2 variant to be a hardcore, stripped-out, track-oriented version of the standard car, which could generate in excess of 400 horsepower (a bump of at least 35 ponies). That’s quite the recipe. RELATED: Check Out the Legendary 1973 BMW 3.0 "CSL"
But it isn’t said to be just a BMW M2 with BMW M4 levels of power. Considering its rumored “GTS” name, the M2 GTS is rumored to pull a page from the brutal, limited production BMW M4 GTS, which dons lightweight body panels and carbon fiber where necessary, reworked aerodynamic elements (think large wing and front splitter), an adjustable suspension, and deleted comfort items like rear seats and sound deadening material.
As of yet, BMW hasn’t confirmed if such a car is on the way, nor even hinted that one is in production. However as Road & Track duly notes, given that the German auto giant offers upgrades in most all of its M-cars, it seems likely that at minimum a "Competition Package" would arrive as well. Just don’t expect it to be cheap!
Stay tuned for updates in the coming months… and cross your fingers.
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