2018 BMW M2 CSL Review

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As we already know M badged BMW cars traditionally include modified engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics, and exterior modifications to set them apart from their counterparts. In October 2015, BMW revealed the new flagship 2 Series, the M2. It is an indirect successor to the 1 Series M Coupé. The car is powered by the BMW N55 engine, tuned for 370 PS (272 kW; 365 BHP). With the 6 speed manual gearbox, the M2 will accelerate from stop to 100 km/h (62 MPH) in 4.5 seconds, or 4.3 seconds if equipped with the 7-speed DCT automatic. Now BMW is planning an even lighter and more track-focused version of the 2018 BMW M2 CSL.
2018 BMW M2 CSL

Engine and specs

Without any doubt in mind we can tell you that the driving force of the 2018 BMW M2 CSL is going to be beastly. By this we mean that there is 99,99% chance that the M2 CSL is getting the same twin turbo 3.0 L inline six offered in both the M235i and the 2015 BMW M4 with lightened pistons. There are some predictions that the engine of the 2018 M2 CSL will produce around 380 HP which will probably be enough since it is lighter than the regular M2, but we found out something more interesting. Turbocharged engines can suffer from mis-timed combustion of the air and fuel mixture. This happens because the pressurized air from the turbo isn’t cooled enough before it enters the engine. BMW has developed a water injection system that works alongside an intercooler to reduce the intake temperature and help to reduce the likelihood of this happening. It’s possible that a very similar system could be fitted on this engine, which will allow BMW engineers to turn up the power considerably for the new M2 CSL, possibly near 400 HP. A reworked suspension setup focused more towards the track than bumpy back roads will almost certainly feature on the 2018 BMW M2 CSL which will offer even more responsive handling at the expense of a little ride comfort.

2018 BMW M2 CSL engine

Interior design

Interior of the sporty M2 is going to be even more race oriented than it already is, thanks to the CSL badge. We can probably expect a lighter pair of Alcantara front bucket seats, lightweight rear seats (or maybe none at all), a motorsport spec steering wheel with fewer buttons for even less distractions, and lots of carbon fiber elements, including the door panels and center console. The main reason this is going to be done is to reflect its racing car like abilities and to save as much weight as possible. The BMW iDrive infotainment system and air conditioning should both reach the M2 CSL.

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Exterior

Since the M2 is out of the dark we can expect that that the CSL badge will turn the coupe into an even more aggressive machine. There are rumors that it might get larger carbon fiber front spoiler with revised air dams, beefed-up fenders, a quad-pipe exhaust, and black-painted, 19-inch wheels. Aerodynamic package is also a must if they want to make this little puppy stick to the ground and stick out of the other 2 series in the herd. A large rear wing, redesigned front hood, large carbon-fiber front splitter, new side skirts, a race-inspired carbon-fiber rear diffuser is all the goodies that CSL badge brings to the table, and we deeply hope that many of these features will find its way on the new M2 CSL. What goes without saying are high performance motorsport brakes and pistons that will have to stop this monster dead in its track when it comes to it and a set of bespoke wheels, probably wrapped in semi-slick racing tires.

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2018 BMW M2 CSL EXTERIOR

2018 BMW M2 CSL release date and price

Release date of the M2 CSL is unknown still, and the secrecy from the BMW and little information online are making it hard to even make a close assumption, but we presume that there is a possibility that the production model will be shown sometime near the end of 2017 with sales starting in the first half of 2018. Price is going to be hefty, but M2 CSL is going to justify that with technology, materials and its performance. We think that pricing of the M2 CSL is going to be between M2 (which is around $45.000) and M4 (which is around $65.500) but probably closer to the M4 meaning that it could start from around $61.000.

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