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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 1970s original. The new 3.0 CSL has a distinctive design inspired by the original, although a few tweaks have been made to help it differentiate itself from the BMW M4 CSL.

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

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

While the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL is based on the standard M4, it comes with numerous upgrades. The car features a white-topped gear lever, carbon fiber bucket seats with Alcantara trim and the serial number on the dashboard.

At the bottom, the car is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine. It produces 552 hp and 550 Nm, making it the most powerful six-cylinder road-going BMW to date. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and an active M rear differential.

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