BMW has unveiled its exclusive two-seat 3.0 CSL, commemorating 50 years of the M Division by reviving an iconic nameplate from its early days.
Just 50 units of the 3.0 CSL will be made in three months by a team of 30 technicians, using carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components by hand. Each model takes up to 10 days to roll off the assembly line.
It is unlikely that any of them will come to Australia. BMW hasn’t announced the price, but it’s rumored to be between €600,000 and €700,000 ($923,610 – $1.07 million).
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BMW says that the M4-derived 3.0 CSL “was developed with the intention of combining the best of five decades of BMW M GmbH racing know-how in an automobile with a highly emotional aura” and uses the name of an E9-based homologation -Specials of 1972, of which 1265 were built.
Of course, it uses classic BMW M hallmarks like an inline six-cylinder engine, manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive.
CSL stands for “Coupe, Sport, Lightweight Construction” – the latter means lightweight construction, and in fact BMW has set itself the goal of keeping the weight down.
CFRP components are used on almost all body parts, including the roof, bonnet, trunk lid, aprons, rocker panels and rear wing.
The roof spoiler is made of glass fiber reinforced plastic and the titanium rear silencer is around 4.3 kg lighter than a steel component.
The 3.0 CSL uses the most powerful in-line six-cylinder engine ever used in a road-legal BMW M vehicle.
The twin-turbo mill produces 412kW of power and 550Nm of torque – 7kW more than the M4 CSL – and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, with drive sent to the rear wheels.
There is a two-joint spring strut front axle and a five-link rear axle with an adaptive M chassis with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
The 3.0 CSL has electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable gear ratio and an Active M differential at the rear.
It uses an M-Carbon ceramic brake 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 rear.
There are two pedaling curves to choose from via the car’s setup menu, while traction control can be adjusted to 10 levels, including disabling stability control entirely in M Dynamic Mode.
Despite being a limited-edition model, BMW says the 3.0 CSL has undergone extensive testing, including crash tests on two pre-production models and 200 hours of aerodynamic testing.
BMW has given it a distinctive M4 look with pronounced wheel arches and a large rear spoiler in a nod to the 1970s original.
Under the wheel arches are forged light-alloy wheels with central locking, 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear with a gold-colored finish.
They’re wrapped in Michelin tires developed exclusively for the 3.0 CSL, which bear the number 50 on the sidewalls.
There’s a redesigned kidney grille with a diamond pattern insert and satin aluminum frame to match the window surrounds, and Laser Light headlights that glow amber.
Two large, functional cutouts in the front apron are reminiscent of the air intakes of the 1970 model, sculptural air fins sit on the hood and a wind deflector extends along the roofline.
At the back, a striking rear wing is framed on the side, while the wind deflector can be extended and encloses the rear section.
There are four exhaust outlets in the middle of the rear apron, while the taillights give the graphics a free-floating, three-dimensional look thanks to filigree laser light threads.
The 3.0 CSL is executed in BMW’s iconic color scheme, with an alpine white body with blue, purple and red stripes.
While carbon components are used extensively on the exterior, only the lettering on the roof and on the rear wing are visible. In total, painting the exterior of each 3.0 CSL takes six working days.
As a further nod to the 1970s, BMW logos are positioned on the C-pillar behind the Hofmeister kink, a design element missing from the current M4.
Unique accents in the interior are an exclusive white gear knob, CFRP trim strips in the door panels and reduced sound insulation.
The driver and front passenger sit in M Carbon full-bucket seats upholstered in Alcantara, the height and angle of which can only be adjusted in a workshop using a three-stage screw linkage.
There are no rear seats, instead there is storage space with two integrated helmet compartments.
The cabin is dark, with an anthracite headliner, an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and matte carbon finishes marked with the build number.
While the usual 50th anniversary gift is gold, there are several new products for BMW M, from special editions of the M3 and M4 to a new bespoke flagship SUV in the XM and the hot M4 CSL.
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