This is the secret BMW M2 CSL that has become almost a reality

Any BMW special for wearing the ‘CSL’ badge and while only three production models have used that name, car manufacturers have been building one-off CSL prototypes for years. Two of them are seen in this video of Top Gear.

In addition to the launch of the new M4 CSL, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BMW M division, Top Gear was given the exclusive opportunity to take a look inside a top-secret building with many models never seen before. .

See also: BMW for the first time shows secret CSL prototype with V8-powered E46 M3

The first model to feature is an E46-generation M3 CSL but with a twist. While the off-road M3 CSL had a 3.0-liter naturally-aspiring six-cylinder engine, this prototype is rocking a 4.9-liter V8 from an E39 M5, tuned to pump 424 hp. BMW never wanted to bring this model to market and it was a SkunkWorks project aimed at finding a V8 slot under the hood of the M3.

Then we come to a rather special M2. From the moment the M2 competition was launched, rumors began to spread online that BMW was working on a high-performance model with more power and less weight. These rumors proved to be true as BMW soon unveiled the M3-powered M2 CS but car makers have moved closer to building an M2 CSL instead.

This bright blue prototype M2 CS shares many of its components that eventually hit the production line. It was shown to CSM as well as BMW’s board of directors but the board eventually approved CS. As such, only one example of CSL was created. Key differences between this and the CS include a fixed rear wing with 3D-printed upright, a bespoke front splitter, and a roll cage in place of the rear seat.

 

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