The head of BMW’s M division has confirmed the rumoured M2 CS will be revealed soon, describing it as a “race car with licence plates”.

Speaking to motoring.com.au, BMW M CEO Markus Flasch said the hardcore version of the rear-driven M2 would be unveiled in November 2019, before hitting global markets in 2020.

Flasch billed the M2 CS as “the most crisp and pure BMW M model that we have launched in quite some time”, before adding it “drives like a race car with licence plates”.

The M2 CS is expected to boast a higher peak power output than the 302 kW offered by the M2 Competition’s twin-turbo 3,0-litre inline-six, while also dropping some weight and gaining some chassis tweaks. The Australian publication claims the M2 CS will be available in both seven-speed dual-clutch and six-speed manual guise, just like the M2 Competition.

According to the report, the M2 CS will be produced for about a year, before the Munich-based firm moves to a new-generation (but still rear-driven) 2 Series coupé.