BMW’s celebration of 50 years of their M Motorsport division will see the creation of just 50 3.0 CSL’s. This is the most exclusive limited run BMW has ever produced. Powering this ultra-rare 3.0 CSL is the most powerful inline 6 cylinder engine BMW M has ever offered for road use.
The BMW 3.0 Coupe, Sport, Lightweight construction (CSL) has an M TwinPower turbocharged engine with 560 hp, 405 lf-ft of torque, a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.
Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is used to help reduce body and chassis weight. The roof, hood, trunk, front and rear aprons, side sills, rear diffuser, rear wing and rear spoiler are all made out of CFRP. The roof spoiler is made from glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP). All of these components are handmade exclusively for the 3.0 CSL The rear exhaust silencer is made out of titanium rather than steel and saves an additional 9.5 pounds or 4.3 kilograms. Less insulation also helps reduce weight.
The rear wing of the new 3.0 CSL is a throwback tribute to the original 1972 3.0 CSL which was nicknamed the Batmobile. The 2023 3.0 CSL’s rear wing has been designed to generate increased downforce on the rear wheels. It was designed to work in conjunction with the carbon diffuser in the rear apron to optimize airflow under the car.
Each 2023 3.0 CSL will take three months to build which is several times longer than it takes to build a standard BMW M car. They are going to be built at the BMW Group Dingolfing plant in Moosthenning, about an hour north-east of Munich, Germany. This is BMW’s largest European production facility which builds several other M models, the 7 series sedan and components for the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Pricing for the new BMW 3.0 CSL has not been released but reports suggest it could be as high as three-quarters of a million dollars.
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