The ultimate euphoria of BMW M’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations is now unleashed within the extremely bespoke and really particular BMW 3.0 CSL. Paying homage to BMW’s unique 3.0 CSL launched in 1972 (itself a homologation characteristic), the brand new mannequin displays its bespoke nature with a hanging mixture of technical and visible parts. The value of the CSL, which is restricted to 50 items, has not been confirmed but, however is predicted to go as much as seven figures.
Beginning beneath the brand new carbon cladding, the three.0 CSL is probably the most highly effective six-cylinder BMW M ever, that includes an upgraded model of the M4’s S58 turbocharged 3-liter inline-six, and is barely paired with a six-speed guide transmission. It is able to producing 552bhp, 10bhp greater than the brand new M4 CSL and 49bhp greater than you’d discover in a normal M4 Competitors. Torque is a special story, however because the six-speed guide has a decrease torque restrict and is considerably decrease at 405 lb ft – one shared with the non-UK market base M4 and the incoming M2.
To this is applicable the same old gear package deal from BMW M – there may be an electronically managed BMW M rear differential, M Servotronic steering and clever 10-stage traction and stability management applications. The suspension structure can also be acquainted, so there is a five-link setup working double-jointed spring struts on the entrance and electronically managed shock absorbers and commonplace metal springs on the rear.
The brakes are a carbon ceramic setup with 400mm discs on the entrance axle and 380mm on the rear. These characteristic a mesh design behind distinctive, staggered 20 and 21 inch spokes and are centrally locked such as you may discover in a Porsche 911 GT3 for the primary time in a BMW. These are wrapped in a bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tire with ’50’ markings built-in into their sidewalls.
Carbon fiber makes up a lot of the new components, together with the entrance and rear bumpers, rear wing, hood, roof lining and trunk lid. Referring to CSL homage idea automobiles from BMW’s current previous, the wheelhouse extensions are maybe most strikingly formed. The entrance wings are their very own bespoke items, however the rear arch extensions sit above the facet thrust of an current M4 Coupe and combine neatly into the rear wing.
BMW has (and rightfully so) reinstated the Hofmeister curvature of the rear window, which sits in a satin silver body that follows the contour of a normal M4’s rear window opening. That also leaves room for BMW to combine its heritage roundness – one other reference to the 1972 unique. The rear finish is dominated by two wings, one on the tailgate and the opposite on the entrance fringe of the roof. These sit atop a bespoke tailgate that slides the license plate into the decrease bumper on which 4 spherical tailpipes built-in into the big rear diffuser sit.
Due to the widespread use of carbon fiber and parts akin to cast wheels, stripped inside and a titanium exhaust muffler, a major quantity of weight is predicted to be eliminated, though BMW has but to present us a particular determine. Nonetheless, they posted a power-to-weight ratio of two.9kg/hp, which means a weight determine of 1624kg, 76kg lighter than the M4 CSL and round 100kg lower than a normal M4 Competitors. Utilizing different BMW M fashions (ie M2) for context, 25kg of this weight financial savings would have been achieved utilizing the lighter guide transmission.
Every of the 50 items will likely be handcrafted and every completed with BMW’s iconic design. The pores and skin itself has been hand-painted somewhat than decals or decals, which means that every element with a painted stripe requires a 134-step course of to finish. This, together with handcrafted meeting, offers the three.0 CSL a 10-day manufacturing sequence. It would take three months for BMW to finish the 50-unit building work.
BMW has not made a worth dedication, however has said that it will likely be an costly mannequin for its most benevolent prospects. That can give it a seven-figure price ticket, making it probably the costliest street BMW M mannequin in its 50-year historical past.