If a report in the German media is correct, there will be a new variant of the BMW M2 sliding its way into showrooms in the not too distant future.

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BMW Blog is reporting that the latest edition of Auto Motor und Sport contains claims that BMW's board has approved a faster, lighter and even more focussed version of the M2.

This coupe will likely be known as the M2 CSL, although it could end up being badged as the M2 GTS.

To keep weight down, the company will strip out some of the car's sound deadening material and junk the rear seats, while some body panels will switch from aluminium or steel construction to more expensive carbon-fibre.

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It shouldn't be hard to spot the CSL/GTS from its regular M2 siblings, as it will feature an aggressive aero package, including a prominent rear wing and a jutting front splitter.

If the German magazine is correct, the car will also ride on a wider track, as well as a lowered suspension package.

Under the bonnet, the M2 CSL/GTS could feature the twin-turbo S55 3.0-litre straight-six engine used in the M3 and M4. In the larger sedan and coupe, the S55 develops 317kW of power and 550Nm of torque.

The regular M2 is motivated by the N55 3.0-litre straight-six. With just a solitary turbo its name, this motor develops 272kW of power and 465Nm of torque.

No word, yet, on when the M2 CSL/GTS will make its debut.