New Bmw 3.0 CSL: limited edition, 560 hp and mind-boggling price

Based on the new BMW M4 Competition, the 3.0 CSL brings the historic acronym back into fashion with a limited edition model with a price close to 750,000 euros. How best to celebrate 50 years of BMW’s M sports division? Simple, with a super limited edition model, with unprecedented shapes and technical/mechanical specifications never achieved by the more “conventional” M models. It’s called the BMW 3.0 CSL and it’s the latest proposal from the Bavarian manufacturer, a sports model conceived, designed and created internally at BMW M, to achieve the purest driving pleasure and thrill 50 lucky collectors who will be able to afford it. The purchase price has not yet been revealed but some rumors reveal a truly exorbitant figure: almost 750 thousand euros. New BMW 3.0 CSL, revival operation and slimming cure.

It doesn’t take much to understand where this 3.0 CSL draws inspiration from. The bodywork and mechanics are close relatives of the already known BMW M4 Competition, although each component has been revised from top to bottom, with obsessive attention to detail and painstaking attention to achieving perfection. Thus the famous acronym CSL, acronym for Coupé, Sport, Lightweight, is back in vogue, without therefore hiding the slimming approach it proposes compared to the traditional M4. Like the historic M3 CSL E46 and the 3.0 CSL of the same name from which it takes its inspiration, weight represented an important fulcrum in the project although BMW did not communicate the actual value: BMW communicated a value of 2.9 kg/hp, which translates into a weight, probably in running order, of about 1,624 kg. This result was in fact achieved thanks to the use of materials such as aluminum (for the doors, bonnet and trunk) or other ultra-light composites in CFRP for the roof, side components, the interior of the boot, as well as countless elements made of carbon for the interior.

The upper spoiler is made of fiberglass while from the rear you can see the new terminals, incorporated in the new titanium exhaust system, so as to save another 4.3 kg. Most of the interior sound-absorbing panels have also been removed, as well as the removal of the rear seats and the use of carbon-framed bucket seats in the front (without electronic adjustment). Among the waivers in terms of weight, we also note the power steering and electric windows. Batmobile aerodynamics Intrinsic to the meaning of the acronym CSL is also the great attention paid to the aerodynamics sector. Indeed, the new BMW 3.0 CSL sports a bodywork and design that mix stylistic and functional elements, without revealing a clear preponderance of any factor. As a general idea, it is inspired by the aerodynamic appendages originally installed on the historic 3.0 CSL, also nicknamed the “Batmobile” due to its particular shape. Thus, the new aerodynamic appendages can be seen especially at the front, with the new lower splitter, new air intakes on the bumper, a specific side aerodynamic kit and the imposing wing at the rear. This works together with the spoiler on the roof to maximize the aerodynamic load in the rear. The development of the aerodynamics required over 200 hours of work and 50 hours in the wind tunnel for simulations on the physical concept of the car. Small anecdote: the 1972 car was inspired by the racing car and for this reason it sported a particularly eye-catching spoiler which, however, was not approved for use on the road, at least in Germany.

For this reason, the car was sold without the rear wing, which was left in the boot, at the customer’s discretion. A six cylinder like no other. Despite being a distant relative of the six-cylinder (S58) also found in the BMW M4, the new Twin-Power in-line six-cylinder has received a specific BMW M treatment to become the most powerful ever installed in a road car. It is, in all likelihood, the last evolutionary step for this six-cylinder, widely used on the entire BMW M range. Among the main changes we note the presence of lightened pistons, forged and ultra-light crankshaft, cylinder head made with 3D printing technology and other solutions to reduce friction inside the engine block. The latest technological level available for the M Twin Power Turbo Technology is present, so as to now deliver an impressive 560 HP and 550 Nm of torque, with a red line set at an impressive 7,200 rpm.

The mechanical scheme par excellence could not be missing, the one most devoted to giving maximum emotions on the track. We are obviously talking about rear-wheel drive only, complete with a six-speed manual gearbox. It is a selector specially developed for the 3.0 CSL, with actuators and synchronizers derived from the world of the track, to ensure maximum shifting precision and a better feeling with the mechanics. A particular technology, unprecedented for BMW, makes it possible to minimize the risk of clutch slippage during downshifting, to improve performance on the track in the event of heavy braking. It can be activated or deactivated by the driver. Then there is the new M Active Differential, fully configurable electronically from the dashboard via the DSC, to be able to direct up to 100% of the torque to a single wheel. “Track-ready” chassis The connection with the world of motorsport is obviously strong, so as to make the 3.0 CSL a weapon practically ready for Track Day (although it will more likely populate the showrooms of some collectors, ed).

New Bmw 3.0 CSL, limited edition

At the front it has a double wishbone layout while a five-lever multilink populates the rear, supported by the new M electronically controlled set-up. The oversized braking system can only boast a system with M carbon ceramic discs (400 mm at the front and 380 mm at the rear), with six-piston calipers. The stability controls can be completely deactivated, so as to offer maximum pleasure and experience on the track. The entire process of putting it on the road and testing it required almost six months of tests in various contexts, despite the fact that most of the kilometers were done on the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, the famous German circuit of over 20 km. The wheels are also completely new, with forged light alloy rims measuring 20″ at the front and 21″ at the rear, housed in the new wider sides, thanks to specific wheel arches. The “Y” design of the alloy rims is unprecedented, with the new gold tint inspired by the wheels of the famous 1972 CSL, complete with a central single nut.

That white knob… Even the interiors, although distorted on many aspects, manage to recreate that classic BMW car cockpit. The double digital screen, with the interactive dashboard and all the smartphone and internet connection functions have remained unchanged, while a series of refined materials has enriched the dashboard, including the progressive number that identifies the limited edition. The central tunnel is made entirely of carbon, while the door panels and dashboard feature a mixture of aluminium, Alcantara and carbon. The M sports steering wheel has also been enhanced with Alcantara for the grip and carbon for the two central spokes. In the back, instead of the rear seats, there are two compartments for storing helmets to be used during track sessions; in this regard, the headrests of the seats can be deprived of the additional padding, so as not to clutter up while using the helmet.

New BMW 3.0 CSL

The icing on the cake for the passenger compartment can only be the splendid manual gearbox lever, highlighted thanks to the knob made of ultra-light plastic material, so as to shine in the darkest passenger compartment. “Handcrafted” car To achieve this level of exclusivity, BMW M has assembled a team of highly qualified technicians, trained and focused on this single project, in order to significantly raise the quality compared to other more conventional BMW Ms. For the complex painting department alone, BMW has assigned 30 particularly expert craftsmen, so as to obtain the specific tricolor livery of the Bavarian house. The site chosen for the production of the 3.0 CSL could only be that of Dingolfing, the flagship of the factory, in southern Bavaria (the same one where the BMW 7 Series and Rolls-Royce are produced). In fact, the production cycle of all fifty specimens takes almost 3 months from start to finish, with only 10 days for the assembly of each one.

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