Looks like the Germans weren’t aiming for controversy with this one; that’s an improvement! BMW unveiled the 3.0 CSL, built on the current M4 with more upgrades onboard. Though we’re certainly glad they didn’t intentionally integrate any oddities on it, it could’ve been better. Well, maybe.
Still, it’s an impressive thing to boot. Not in comfort, but the car itself. The S58B30 of the M4 and M3 is present in this “Batmobile,” juiced up to make 553 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque; the most hp we’ve seen in a road-legal M-badged inline 6 yet, but not the best torque number. Still, it’s the same as a regular M4, just not as much as the competition-spec or the M4 CSL. It’s presumably due to the fact that the six-speed manual is the only transmission option, and having more than the stock torque would blow it to pieces. Regardless, it’s added performance is thanks to the likes of a 3D-printed cylinder head core, a specialized oil cooling and supply system, and a forged lightweight crankshaft. Did we mention it’s rear-wheel-drive?
Weight Savers Everywhere!
You’ll find carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic (CFRP), fiberglass, and other weight-reducing materials everywhere on the car. Mainly, the entire aero set, the wing and hood that call back to the original, the door panels, the bucket seats, roof, both front and rear fenders; you get it. Literally. Almost all of it is CFRP. Sound-deadening? Forget it, they’ve thrown those out as well. The exhaust is made of titanium, and all of the CFRP parts are handmade. That would explain why there won’t be many of them. That being said, BMW doesn’t state how heavy it is, but they did state that its power-to-weight ratio is 2.9 kilos per hp, so that ‘s 1628 kg.
Handling, Interior, and Other References
The handling department isn’t left stock, with carbon-ceramic brakes, active M differential on the rear axle working in tandem with the ESC, 10 levels of traction control adjustments, and different suspension setups on the front and back; it has rear-wheel-steering with variable ratios and adaptive dampers, while the front has a double-joint spring strut configuration. The gold wheels are 20-inchers up front, and 21-inchers at the back, and it comes with special Michelin tires.
You’ll find that the insides are of the M4’s, with less of everything. Black Alcantara and white stitching wraps several parts of the dash, two bucket seats and steering wheel, with CFRP on the door panels. Rear seats have been replaced with a storage compartment for helmets.
Being a car that pays homage to one of BMW’s most iconic racecars, it’s chock-full of callbacks to the legend. The livery is the most obvious one, being the same white-red-blue palette. Satin aluminium trims go around the yellow LED laser headlights, a reference to the M4 GT3. The 50 on the side and the shift knob references all the units that BMW will be building. 30 people, crafting all the carbon fiber by hand, going through eight production stages over 10 days. We say 50 units is quite reasonable.
We appreciate BMW for not designing the tribute with provoking people in mind, though it looks quite awkward in some angles with the ride height. Big grilles will always be looked down upon, but for once, we wished it was closer to an older concept car.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from BMW)