BMW’s new 3.0 CSL revival is a 552hp limited edition
Continuing the celebration of the 50e anniversary of its M division, BMW revealed in late November that it had revived its 1970s 3.0 CSL nameplate and applied it to a limited edition touted as the most exclusive special model in the company’s history.
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Based on the M4 CSL, the vehicle is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing 552 horsepower. That said, maximum torque has been reduced to 406 lb-ft. That’s because the 3.0 CSL has a six-speed manual transmission and a shift assistant that uses linkage speed control to ensure the clutch engages without slipping when downshifting.
In addition, M carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and 400 mm front discs are included in the package, as is an adjustable M suspension. The stoppers are visible behind the 20-inch front and 21-inch rear gold alloy wheels with center wheel nut.
In addition, most of the body panels, including the fenders, are made of carbon fiber. This also applies to the seats, door panels, dashboard and center console.
The exterior features a new oversized grille, alpine white body kit and hand-applied M-colored racing stripes. It also has a large rear wing on the back, living up to the old car’s nickname, “Batmobile”. The number “50” is engraved on the sidewalls of the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, which are specially made for the 3.0 CSL.
The German automaker will make just 50 examples of the CSL, mostly hand-built; and each will be numbered accordingly.
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