The BMW 3.0 CSL is back with 553 hp and a six-speed manual

  • BMW has rebranded the 3.0 CSL on a new, limited-edition sports car that emulates the design of the 1970s-era 3.0 CSL and features a motorsport-inspired twist.
  • a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 553 horsepower; It is the most powerful inline-six ever used in a road-legal BMW M car.
  • This engine is mated to a six-speed manual, and power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. Only 50 units will be built.

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

While the cabin’s shape and overall proportions suggest the 3.0 CSL shares its bones with the current-generation M4, the 3.0 CSL’s body is unique and one of the most eye-pleasing designs BMW has produced recently. We certainly wouldn’t call the grille small, but it’s not as brutal as the unit on the new M4, i7, or XM super SUV, and its satin aluminum edges flow delicately into the angular headlights. The bulging fenders and twin rear spoiler setup clearly recall the original 3.0 CSL “Batmobile,” as do the rounded air intakes sculpted into the front bumper and the small fins protruding from the hood.

The headlights feature laser yellow LED lights – drawing a connection to the M4 GT3 race car – and the wired LED tail lights are reminiscent of those on the M4 CSL. The powerful wheel arches house gold-coloured center lock wheels measuring 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear, wrapped in specially developed Michelin tires. The special edition sports car also stands out thanks to its motorsport-inspired livery, with white paint enhanced by stripes in traditional BMW M colors just like the 70s racer livery. Almost all bodywork is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), with visible weave in the lower trim elements, rear spoiler and lettering on the roof, and most carbon components are handcrafted.

The same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine found in the M3 and M4 lies at the heart of the 3.0 CSL, but tuned to make it the most powerful inline-six ever used in a road-legal BMW M car. , spitting out 553 hp, which is 50 hp more than the M4 Competition. Torque output remains at 406 lb-ft, as in the non-competition M4, and all of that boost is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-liter engine benefits from know-how from BMW’s DTM racing programme, with a rigid crankcase, lightweight forged crankshaft, 3D-printed cylinder head core, as well as a specially designed oil supply and cooling system.

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

The cabin ditches the rear seats for a storage compartment that can hold two helmets, and carbon fiber has crept into the cockpit, with CFRP on the door panels and two bucket seats making extensive use of lightweight materials. The dashboard design is very similar to the M4, and black Alcantara covers the seats, steering wheel, and parts of the dashboard. White contrast stitching complements the unique gearshift knob, which features a vintage design etched with the number 50 to remind you just how exclusive the CSL 3.0 engine is.

That number refers to the fact that BMW will only build 50 units of the 3.0 CSL, with full production lasting just three months at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Mostening, Germany. No word yet on pricing, 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 higher than the $140,895 M4 CSL. Potential buyers will also need to act quickly – with so few units available, it probably won’t be long before they are all snapped up.

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