The BMW 3.0 CSL is back, refreshed with 553 HP and a six-speed manual gearbox

  • BMW has brought back the 3.0 CSL name on a new limited edition sports car which takes up the design of the original 3.0 CSL from the 1970s and sports a motorsport-inspired livery.
  • The twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine produces 553 horsepower; it is the most powerful straight-six ever used in a road-legal BMW M car.
  • That engine is mated to a six-speed manual and power is sent solely to the rear wheels. Only 50 units will be built.

In 2015, BMW hinted at a revival of one of its most iconic sports cars ever with the 3.0 CSL Hommage R concept. It was a muscular modern interpretation of the CSL-homologated special 3.0 built in small numbers in the 1970s, which earned the “Batmobile” nickname due to the race car’s dramatic aerodynamic package. Now, seven years later, BMW has finally made that concept a reality, reviving the 3.0 CSL nameplate for a new limited-edition sports car that attempts to distill the M Division’s core values ​​and its illustrious motorsport history into one vehicle. .

While the cabin shape and overall proportions suggest that the 3.0 CSL shares its bones with the current generation M4, the 3.0 CSL’s bodywork is unique and one of the most eye-catching designs BMW has produced in recent times. We certainly wouldn’t call the grille small, but it’s not as monstrous as the unit on the M4, new i7 or XM super SUV, and its satin aluminum trim flows neatly into the angular headlights. The protruding fenders and the double rear wing clearly recall the original 3.0 CSL “Batmobile”, as do the two circular air intakes obtained in the front bumper and the small fins protruding from the bonnet.

The headlights feature yellow LED laser lights, drawing a link to the M4 GT3 race car, and the intricate LED taillights are reminiscent of those on the M4 CSL. The beefy wheel arches house gold-colored center lock wheels measuring 20 inches front and 21 inches rear, wrapped in specially developed Michelin tires. The special edition sports car is also distinguished by its motorsport-inspired livery, with white paintwork accented by stripes in traditional BMW M colors just like the livery of the 1970s racing car. Nearly all of the bodywork is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), with the texture visible in the lower trim elements, rear wing and roof lettering, and most of the carbon components are handcrafted.

The same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six found in the M3 and M4 is at the heart of the 3.0 CSL, but has been tuned to make it the most powerful straight-six ever used in a BMW M car street legal. , spitting out 553 horsepower, an increase of 50 ponies over the M4 Competition. Torque output remains at 406 lb-ft, the same as the non-competition M4, and all of that thrust is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-litre draws on technical know-how from BMW’s DTM racing programme, with a rigid crankcase, forged lightweight crankshaft and 3D printed cylinder head core, as well as a specially designed oil cooling and fuel system. designed.

To help manage all that power, an active M differential on the rear axle works with stability control to maintain traction and prevent drivers from putting their limited-edition sports car into a wall. The front suspension uses a double-joint spring setup while the rear suspension is a multi-link design, coupled with adaptive dampers and variable ratio electric power steering. Carbon ceramic brakes are used to slow the 3.0 CSL, with six-piston fixed-caliper brakes up front and single-piston fixed-caliper brakes at the rear. The calipers are painted red and the traction control system has 10 selectable levels of intervention, helping to personalize the driving experience.

The cabin ditches the rear seats for a glove box that can fit two helmets, and carbon fiber has infiltrated the cabin, with CFRP on the door panels and two bucket seats making extensive use of the lightweight material. The dashboard design is largely similar to that of the M4 and black Alcantara covers the seats, steering wheel and parts of the dashboard. Contrasting white stitching complements the unique gear knob, which has a retro design with the number 50 engraved on it to remind you how exclusive the 3.0 CSL is.

That number references the fact that BMW will build just 50 units of the 3.0 CSL, with the entire production run lasting just three months at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Moosthenning, Germany. No word on pricing yet, but given the limited production run, we expect it to cost significantly more than the M4 Competition coupe’s $79,595 starting price, and likely even more than the M4 CSL’s $140,895 cost. Potential buyers will need to act fast, too: with so few units available, it probably won’t be long before they’re all snapped up.

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