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It features the most powerful straight-six engine ever used in a road-legal BMW M car

BMW’s M performance division has revealed the long-awaited, ultra-limited 3.0 CSL, with a unique exterior design and uprated power, to round off its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Based on the current G82 variant of the BMW M4, the BMW 3.0 CSL pays homage to the legendary 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ from 1973, the firm’s lightened, uniquely styled rally racer that won the European Touring Car Championship four years in a row. 

Driven by the most powerful straight-six engine ever used in a road-legal BMW M car, the 3.0 CSL produces 552bhp and 405lb ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels, and is managed by a six-speed manual transmission.

The model’s crankcase has been made more rigid, BMW says, while the crankshaft has been lightened and the cooling system designed for more enthusiastic driving. 

It also makes use of an active M differential, adaptive M suspension and M carbon-ceramic brakes that measure 400x38mm at the front and 380x28mm at the rear. 

The 3.0 CSL’s exterior bears the same racing livery as the rally hero on which it is based, with Alpine White paintwork and carbon racing stripes. Yellow headlights, meanwhile, nod to the BMW M4 GT3, winner of both 2022’s driver and team DTM championships. 

Carbonfibre features throughout the car, which becomes the firm’s first large series model to be fitted with a carbon roof, while the bonnet, bootlid, front and rear aprons, side sills, rear diffuser and rear spoiler are all also made from the lightweight material. 

BMW says all-round improvements have been made to aero and driving dynamics. The model gains chunkier wheel arches, a large rear spoiler and a bulkier rear end, in addition to a new bonnet and headlights from the BMW M3. 

Its fenders have also been upgraded to more closely resemble those on the original 3.0 CSL, while the large rear spoiler bolsters downforce and traction to the rear axle. 

BMW says the larger wheel arches make room for 20in wheels at the front and 21in wheels at the rear, wearing bespoke tyres designed specifically for the 3.0 CSL. 

Inside, the 3.0 CSL is fitted with carbon bucket seats and space for two helmets behind the driver and passenger. The seats, steering wheel and roof liner are finished with Alcantara, featuring white stitching to match the exterior paint. 

Just 50 3.0 CSL cars will be built – numbered from 01/50 to 50/50 – with production taking around three months at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Germany. The marque has not revealed pricing or how many cars will come to the UK. 

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BlahBlah43 26 November 2022
So now you half to pay half a million to get a BMW that doesn't induce vomiting when looked upon.
Pierre 24 November 2022

Are we still supposed to moan about the size of the grill?


Overdrive 24 November 2022
Pierre wrote:

Are we still supposed to moan about the size of the grill?


Overdrive 24 November 2022
Yes, go ahead.... and don't forget to add that the kidney grilles used to be so much smaller and that BMW designers have lost it etc etc.
jason_recliner 25 November 2022

The grille is mostly an issue becasue there are so many stupid press pack shots taken 50mm off the ground. I had a look at an M4 at the dealer and it looked superb.

harf 24 November 2022

You wait 20 years or so for a new CSL, and then 2 come along at once. Struggling to understand why BMW would introduce an M4 CSL and then this 3.0 CSL so soon after.

 Why wouldn't you just call the M4 the GTS and save the CSL badge for your priciest model?

 Oh, and 50 units. I know that's to justify the silly price it'll have but seriously, what's the point?

 It doesn't seem like news to me when someone releases a car that no-one is ever likely to see because those that own it won't drive it anywhere. If you do <500 miles in a year you should have the car confiscated and given to someone who understands what cars are for!