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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2000hp Ford Pro Electric SuperVan Revealed

Ford has continued its SuperVan history with an all new Pro Electric version, producing a whopping 2000hp along the way as it debuts at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Bet you didn’t see that one coming. We certainly didn’t. But if there’s one way to get your white van man on board with an electric future, turning the current Ford Transit into a silent ballistic missile that looks like it’s been designed in the future isn’t a bad way to do it.

So here it is, the 2000hp Ford Pro Electric SuperVan. This is the fastest electric car Ford has ever built, with its previous effort, the Mustang Mach-E racer packing a mighty 1400hp. Built for the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s the fourth installment of Ford’s SuperVan, with it being the first electric version.

2000hp Ford Pro Electric SuperVan

The SuperVan was built in collaboration between Ford Performance and Austrian EV race car specialists STARD. The body was designed by Ford’s European design studio in Cologne. Powering the Electric SuperVan are four electric motors, split across the two axles, with power coming from a 50kWh battery mounted in the centre of the chassis.

Performance wise, Ford estimates that the SuperVan will accelerate from 0-62mph in under two seconds when in Track mode. There are five drive modes in total, all accessible by the Ford Sync touchscreen in the centrel Road, Track, Drag, Drift and Rally.

2000hp Ford Pro Electric SuperVan

“Ford Pro is all about accelerating productivity for our customers – so why not create a new Electric SuperVan that proves the power of electrification and connectivity,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “This incredible demonstrator vehicle takes E-Transit Custom’s advanced engineering and distinctive look to a whole new level, and is high-speed proof of the power of Ford Pro’s connected services ecosystem.”

“The chance to be part of the iconic SuperVan story and reimagine what it could be in the 21st century was a dream opportunity,” said Amko Leenarts, director, Design, Ford of Europe. “The fourth chapter of the SuperVan story is designed to be the fastest, most extreme yet while keeping the Transit DNA. The proportions are a more dramatic version of what we developed for the E-Transit Custom and the front light bar creates a futuristic expression, making the Electric SuperVan the absolute pinnacle of Transit design language.”

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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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