The most powerful M2 finally has a name.

Like the M4 CS and the M3 CS before it, rumours of an even more hardcore BMW M2 have been long in the making. We’ve already seen spy photos of the so-called M2 CS (or Competition Series) sprinting around the Nürburgring, but now we have new images that may have revealed the identity of the sporty coupe earlier than anticipated.

Thanks to a few leaked photos from website BimmerPost.com, the more-powerful M2 will reportedly be called the "Competition" edition. According to the user who posted the original shots, the images are "actually in the log from the current M2." The photos also shows a red start/stop button similar to the one found in the F90 M5 and the F80 M3 CS.

 

The so-called BMW M2 Competition will likely be more powerful, and better equipped than the standard M2 out of the box. Rumours suggest just 1,000 examples of the hardcore M2 will be built, each with a revised version of the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine currently offered on the M3 and M4.

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Power is expected be somewhere around of 400bhp, marking a significant upgrade over the current M2’s 365bhp. Either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be offered. Not only will the M2 Competition be more powerful, but with suspension and handling upgrades, it will be better suited for the track, too.

The current M2 is a real fan favourite and, in our minds at least, the best M car in the rangeIt’s a true enthusiasts car utilising a recipe of rear-wheel drive and a standard manual gearbox for maximum engagement. The prospect of a hotter M2 is a genuinely exciting one.

2018 BMW M2 CS Prototype