BMW 3.0 CSL homage teased by M CEO, reportedly to cost almost $800,000

The rumors were true.

BMW is indeed building a 3.0 CSL model as an homage to the original, and it’s set to be unveiled soon.

The car was confirmed Monday on Instagram by BMW M CEO Frank van Meel in a post featuring three teaser images.

Seen for the first time, the homage is based on the M4 CSL, but sports unique bodywork that is rumored to be coachbuilt and likely made of carbon fiber to shed weight. A widened front fascia, wider front and rear fenders, model-specific front and rear bumpers, a rear roof spoiler and a rear decklid spoiler can all be seen in the teasers, despite the car’s wrap. BMW M’s quad exhaust tips remain, but look larger than those of standard M models.

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage teased

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage teased

The homage model is expected to be fitted with the M4 CSL’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6. More boost is expected with output in the range of about 600 hp versus the CSL’s 543 hp rating. Reported performance is said to improve the 0-60 mph to about 3.5 seconds with a top speed approaching 200 mph.

BMWblog reported the modern 3.0 CSL will only be available with a manual transmission and rear-wheel dive. BMW is supposedly only set to build 50 examples, and each might cost $750,000 Euros (which is $795,148 U.S. dollars at current exchange rates).

The car is part of the M division’s 50th anniversary celebration and just might be the most expensive BMW ever made.

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BMW created a secret 2018 M2 CSL prototype

BMW recently revealed previously secret M5 CSL, M6 CSL, and V-8-powered M3 CSL prototypes, but the automaker had one more surprise in store. Feast your eyes on the 2018 BMW M2 CSL prototype that never made it to production.

Sporting a carbon-fiber fixed rear wing and a roll cage, the M2 CSL prototype looks a bit like the M2 CS BMW unveiled in 2019. In fact, it predates the CS, according to a BMW-produced video showcasing the car. Engineers felt there was still room for improvement beyond the M2 Competition, developing both the CSL and CS before deciding to put only the latter into production.

2018 BMW M2 CSL prototype

2018 BMW M2 CSL prototype

 

Among the changes are the aforementioned rear wing, with a one-off set of uprights sporting a “bionic” design meant to minimize material use. A carbon-fiber front splitter was added as well, and the interior was stripped of some luxuries to reduce weight.

As with other M2 models, power is provided by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6, in this case making 420 hp. That’s actually a bit less than we got in the M2 CS, which developed 444 hp. But with its more aggressive weight reduction, the M2 CSL may have been just as quick or quicker. All these cars had good bones. We named the standard M2 Motor Authority’s Best Car To Buy 2017, after all. BMW M Experience driving instructor Ede Weihretter demonstrates the M2 CSL’s capability with a few well-executed drifts in the video.

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BMW recently teased a new M2, which is scheduled for an October debut and should arrive as a 2023 model. Based on the redesigned 2-Series coupe launch last year, the next M2 will have a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 from the current M3 and M4, along with 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission options. It won’t get the M3/M4’s all-wheel drive through, maintaining rear-wheel drive simplicity.

BMW is also bringing back the CSL moniker, albeit only on the larger M4 coupe so far, and the second half of the video focuses on that car. The 2023 BMW M4 CSL broke cover in May with 543 hp (a 40-hp bump), a lightened and stiffened chassis, and a new Nürburgring lap record for BMWs in its trophy case. Will BMW follow it up with a production M2 CSL? We’re keeping our fingers (and toes) crossed.

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2022 Hyundai Kona N, 2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Polestar 5: This Week’s Top Photos

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Volkswagen ID.Aero concept

Volkswagen ID.Aero concept

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Cadillac Celestiq teaser

Cadillac Celestiq teaser

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2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 Porsche 911 GT3 RS spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 teaser

2023 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 teaser

Chevy teased the 2023 Colorado ZR2 and announced a July 28 reveal date for the next-generation pickup. The truck is expected to ride on an updated version of the current model’s platform, but dimensions appear to have grown a bit, and the design sees the headlights slim down, the grille grow larger, and new taillights inspired by the Silverado 1500.

Prodrive P25

Prodrive P25

The Subaru Impreza 22B STI will return, sort of. British motorsports and engineering company Prodrive revealed the P25. A modern interpretation of the 22B STI from the late 1990s, the P25 is a throwback with modern underpinnings. It’s sure to become an instant classic and collector’s item.

Polestar 5 prototype at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Polestar 5 prototype at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Polestar 5 ran up the hill at the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed in prototype form while making its public debut. Polestar also revealed some powertrain information. The car is intended as a Porsche hunter and will feature 800-volt charging and a dual-motor electric powertrain targeted to make 884 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque.

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