BMW has unveiled its exclusive 3.0 CSL two-seater, commemorating 50 years of the M Division by resurrecting an iconic nameplate from its early days.
Only 50 units will be produced of the 3.0 CSL in three months by a team of 30 technicians, with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components produced by hand. Each model will take up to 10 days to roll off the production line.
It is unlikely that any of them will come to Australia. BMW did not reveal the price, but it is rumored to be between €600,000 and €700,000 (A$923,610 to A$1.07 million).
BMW claims that the M4-derived 3.0 CSL was developed “with the intention of combining the best of five decades of BMW M GmbH racing expertise into an automobile with a very emotional aura” and uses the name of a special homologation based on 1972 E9, of which 1265 were built.
Naturally, it uses classic BMW M features like an inline six-cylinder engine, manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.
CSL stands for “Coupé, Sport, Leichtbau” – the latter translates to light, and indeed BMW has sought to reduce weight.
CFRP components are used on virtually every body section including the roof, hood, trunk lid, aprons, sills and rear fender.
The roof spoiler is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic and the titanium rear silencer weighs around 4.3 kg less than a steel component.
The 3.0 CSL uses the most powerful straight-six engine ever used in a road-legal BMW M car.
The twin-turbocharged mill produces 412kW of power and 550Nm of torque – up to 7kW on the M4 CSL – and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, with drive sent to the rear wheels.
There’s a double-linked strut front axle and a five-link rear axle, with Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
The 3.0 CSL features variable-ratio M Servotronic electromechanical steering and an active M differential at the rear.
It uses an M carbon ceramic braking system with six-piston fixed calipers and 400 x 38mm ceramic discs at the front and single-piston fixed calipers and 380 x 28mm ceramic discs at the front. ‘back.
You can choose between two pedal feel curves using the vehicle setup menu, while traction control can be adjusted between 10 levels, including full deactivation of stability control in M Dynamic mode.
Although only a limited-run model, BMW says the 3.0 CSL has undergone extensive testing, including crash testing of two pre-production models and 200 hours of aerodynamic testing.
BMW gave it a distinctive M4 look, with pronounced wheel arches and a large rear spoiler as a nod to the 1970s original.
Beneath the wheel arches are forged center-lock light-alloy wheels, measuring 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear and finished in gold paint.
They are wrapped in Michelin tires developed exclusively for the 3.0 CSL, bearing the number 50 on the sidewalls.
There’s a redesigned grille with a diamond-patterned insert and a frame finished in satin aluminum to match the window contours, plus Laser Light headlights that glow yellow.
Two large functional recesses are found in the front apron, reminiscent of the air intakes of the 1970s model, while sculpted air fins rest on the bonnet and an air deflector runs along the roof line.
At the rear, a striking rear spoiler is enclosed to the side, while the air deflector can be deployed to enclose the rear section.
There are four tailpipes in the center of the rear apron, while the taillights use filigree threads of laser light to give the graphics a floating three-dimensional look.
The 3.0 CSL is finished in BMW’s signature color scheme, featuring an Alpine White body with blue, purple and red stripes.
While the exterior largely uses carbon components, only the lettering on the roof and on the rear fender are visible. In total, it takes six working days to complete the paint job of the exterior of each 3.0 CSL.
In another nod to the 1970s, BMW logos are positioned on the C-pillar behind the Hofmeister bend, a design element absent from the current M4.
Unique interior touches include an exclusive white shift knob, CFRP trim in the door panels and reduced sound insulation.
The driver and passenger sit in M Carbon integral bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara, the height and inclination of which are adjusted exclusively via a three-level screw linkage in a workshop.
There are no rear seats and in their place is a storage area with two integrated helmet compartments.
The cabin is dark, with an anthracite roof liner, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and matte carbon surfaces marked with the build number.
While the usual gift for a 50th anniversary is gold, for BMW M it offers several new products, from special editions of the M3 and M4, to a bespoke new flagship SUV in the XM, to the hot M4 CSL. .
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