BMW revives the Coupé Sport Leichtbau (CSL) acronym in M4 Coupe form

As expected, BMW brought the new M4 CSL to the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este, with its cooler looks and brevity already lost.

Built with the 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL, the Coupé Sport Leichtbau acronym announced a model more focused on performance, with nice weight reduction and a few mechanical tweaks that gave it a little extra horsepower in terms of power. And after we missed the M3 CSL (E46) so much, the brand is now bringing us an M4 version with that acronym, amid BMW M’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

The new BMW M4 GTS remains focused on achieving optimum performance on the track, so it includes a few aerodynamic tweaks such as a carbon-fiber front spoiler and a rear spoiler integrated into the boot lid, which provide more downforce. The front grille also features a new design and fewer elements, all of which are also made of carbon fiber to help reduce the weight of the package, such as the bonnet and trunk lid.

On the outside, too, the dark longitudinal stripes stand out in the new matte gray bodywork and are complemented by several red stripes designed to highlight the M4 CSL’s sporty appearance. At the rear, the four exhaust ports don’t go unnoticed, as they can still sound clear with the titanium tailpipes. To complete the look, this version’s badge has red trim and BMW emblems celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BMW M. In the front optics, the yellow daytime running lights are inspired by GT models and include the rear. New LED technology.

In the cabin there are two racing bucket seats made of carbon fiber, which do not offer the possibility of adjusting the back or height. The back seat disappeared and made way for two helmet holders. On the steering wheel we have access to several systems for more accurate driving on the track with all kinds of telemetry information and a stopwatch to record lap times and even not to lose the two red buttons on the steering wheel, where we can save our preferred settings.

Among them are the 10 levels of traction control, which are dedicated to this version, which focus more on the track and which in the first five can help us track the perfect drift lines. To ensure maximum efficiency, body rigidity has been improved, and the M’s adaptive suspension, which is part of the standard equipment, leaves the body eight millimeters lower than the M4 Competition.

The M4 CSL remains the 3.0-liter inline-six, but now adds up to 550 hp, 40 hp more than the competing versions of the M3 and M4, thanks to specific designation for this version and redundant modifications. All this power is transmitted exclusively to the wheels of the rear axle with the help of the eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox.

In terms of performance, the brand announces acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 200 km / h in 10.7 seconds. The weight of the package, with all measures aimed at lowering this value, was 1,625 kilograms, 100 kilograms less than the weight of the M4 Competition Coupé. Production of the BMW M4 CSL is limited to just 1,000 units, all of which will be produced at the Dingolfing plant. But before that, of course, I couldn’t miss a ride on the Nordschleife. And here he is…

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