BMW 3.0 CSL is back, revived with 553 hp and a six-speed manual – car and driver | CarTailz

  • BMW has brought back the 3.0 CSL name for a new limited edition sports car that reflects the styling of the original 70’s 3.0 CSL and sports a motorsport-inspired livery.
  • The 3.0-liter straight-six twin-turbo delivers 553 hp; It is the most powerful in-line six-cylinder ever used in a road-legal BMW M vehicle.
  • This engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, and power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. Only 50 will be built.

Back in 2015, BMW hinted at a revival of one of its most iconic sports cars of all time with the 3.0 CSL Hommage R Concept. It was a muscular modern interpretation of the 3.0 CSL homologation special edition that was built in small numbers in the 1970s and earned the nickname “Batmobile” thanks 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 seeks to encapsulate the M Division’s core values ​​and its illustrious motorsport history in one vehicle.

While the cabin shape and overall proportions suggest 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 appealing designs BMW has produced in recent memory. We certainly wouldn’t call the grille small, but it’s not monstrous like the unit found in the M4, new i7 or XM super SUV, and its satin-finished aluminum trim flows cleanly into the angular headlights. The curved fenders and twin rear wing are clearly reminiscent of the original 3.0 CSL “Batmobile”, as are the twin circular air intakes carved into the front bumper and the small fins protruding from the hood.

The headlights feature amber LED laser lights that link to the M4 GT3 race car, and the intricate, wiry taillight LEDs are reminiscent of those on the M4 CSL. The beefy wheel arches house 20-inch front and 21-inch rear center-locking gold-colored wheels wrapped in specially developed Michelin tires. The special sports car model also stands out with its motorsport-inspired paintwork, the white paintwork of which is accentuated by stripes in the traditional BMW M colors, just like the racing car from the 1970s. Almost the entire body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), with the mesh visible in the lower trim panels, rear wing and lettering on the roof, and most of the carbon components are handcrafted.

The same 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six found in the M3 and M4 is at the heart of the 3.0 CSL, but has been tuned to be the most powerful straight-six ever used in a street-legal BMW M vehicle, pumping out 553 horsepower, a 50-pony increase over the M4 Competition. Torque output remains at 406 pound-feet, the same as the non-competition spec M4, and all of that boost is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The 3.0-liter uses technical know-how from BMW’s DTM racing program with a rigid crankcase, a forged lightweight crankshaft and a 3D-printed cylinder head core as well as a specially developed oil supply and cooling system.

An active M differential on the rear axle helps manage all that power, working in tandem with stability control to maintain traction and prevent drivers from ramming their limited-edition sports car into a wall. The front suspension uses a double-pivot strut setup, while the rear suspension is a multi-link design, paired with adaptive dampers and variable-ratio electric power steering. Carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston fixed-caliper stoppers at the front and single-piston fixed-caliper brakes at the rear are used to decelerate the 3.0 CSL. The brake 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 with room for two helmets, and carbon fiber has infiltrated the cockpit, with CFRP on the door panels and the two bucket seats making extensive use of the lightweight material. The dashboard design largely resembles that of the M4, and black Alcantara covers the seats, steering wheel and parts of the dashboard. White contrast stitching complements the unique shift knob, which has a retro design engraved with the number 50 to remind you just how exclusive the 3.0 CSL is.

This figure relates to the fact that BMW will only build 50 units of the 3.0 CSL, with the entire production run taking just three months at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Moosthenning, Germany. There’s no word on price yet, but given the limited production run, we expect it to cost significantly more than the M4 Competition Coupe’s starting price of $79,595 and likely even more than the M4 CSL’s $140,895 cost. Potential buyers need to act fast too – with so few units available it probably won’t be long before they’re all gone.

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