2023 BMW 3.0 CSL globally unveiled

The new BMW 3.0 CSL pays homage to the original from the 1970s.

BMW M has unveiled its new 3.0 CSL to celebrate the performance division’s 50th anniversary. The new BMW 3.0 CSL is based on the brand’s M4 model and will be limited to just 50 units.

The new BMW 3.0 CSL pays homage to the original from the 1970s. The new 3.0 CSL carries forward a distinctive design inspired by the original, although there are a few tweaks made to help it differentiate itself from the BMW M4 CSL.

The BMW 3.0 CSL features a distinctive kidney grille up front, combined with a lower apron with two circular air intakes – a nod to the 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’. The new car also features yellow DRLs to give it a contemporary motorsport linkage, squared-off shoulders, a small roof spoiler, bespoke tail lights, 20-inch front & 21-inch rear centre-locking wheels, a large fixed rear wing and a distinct ‘Hofmeister Kink’ at the rear pillar – similar to that on the original 3.0 CSL.

BMW states that almost all the body panels of the new 3.0 CSL are made from carbon fibre. The roof spoiler is said to be a fibreglass-reinforced plastic unit, while the exhaust system is titanium. The new 3.0 CSL comes in the distinctive BMW Motorsport livery.

While the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL is based on the standard M4, it comes with plenty of upgrades. The car features a white-topped shifter, carbon fibre bucket seats with Alcantara upholstery and the production run number on the dashboard.

Underneath, the car comes powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six engine. It produces 552 BHP and 550 Nm, making it the most powerful road-going six-cylinder BMW to date. The engine is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox and an Active M rear differential.

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