A fresh report out of Europe suggests BMW is hard at work developing a new M2 CS, with plans to kick off production of the sharper coupé by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

According to the folks over at BMW Blog, the harder-edged version of the M2 Competition will wear the CS badge and slot in neatly below the M3 CS and M4 CS.

With assembly slated to start by March 2020, the M2 CS model’s production run should last only around a year, before the next-generation version – which a Munich executive has already confirmed will be a “drift machine” – arrives to take up the mantle. And, as BMW Blog points out, that suggests a fairly limited number will be built.

Like the M3 and M4 derivatives sporting the same badge, the M2 CS will all but certainly shed some weight, while its 3,0-litre straight-six S55 engine looks likely to gain a little extra oomph over the already significant 302 kW and 550 N.m outputs churned out in M2 Competition form.

Of course, back in late 2017, a report suggested the Bavarian brand had scrapped its plans to build an M2 CSL, although it added that the M2 CS was still very much on the table.