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Coupé, sport, lightweight construction. Three words that instantly release emotions. And closely related to two of the greatest sports cars ever. Abbreviated to initials CSL, previously only available in CSL 3.0 and M3 CSL. Until now. Because this is CSL number three – the new CSL M4. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH and two decades after the M3 CSL (2003).



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Optics: red accents for M4 CSL

The look of the M4 CSL is always sporty. BMW now breathes more freely through the kidneys thanks to a lighter and more breathable lining, a carbon front lip with side wings ensures contact pressure on the front axle, and a visible carbon section on the hood allows a view of the fiber structure.


To mark its anniversary, the M4 CSL bears the “50 years BMW M” logo. Each CSL receives a kidney marked with a red line.

To bring a little life to the booth, the designers have made cuts, but only for decorative purposes. The kidneys and visible carbon strips are painted red, the apron and sill panels are accentuated in red, the CFRP roof is painted red and the brake calipers of the carbon-ceramic brake system are also red.

There are also special CSL alloy wheels with mixed tires (19 inches front/20 inches rear) and Cup 2 R tires developed specifically for the CSL. There’s a butt on the stern. Because unlike the M4 GTS from 2016, M engineers didn’t give the M4 CSL a wing mounted, but an integrated spoiler that protrudes from the CFRP trunk lid.

The rear has a high lip spoiler and taillights with filigree lighting graphics. Laser technology is at work here.

Greetings from M3 CSL. Laser taillights shone right and left for the first time – and six years after the M4 GTS with OLED technology in the taillights, the taillights show what’s possible in terms of lighting technology in 2022. A little further down: the classic-tuned tailpipes that forming the tip of the titanium rear damper. Combined with reduced insulation, the M4 CSL will sound alive when equipped this way.

Interior: no back seat, but helmet net

To prove the rigid shell of the enormous lateral support limit on the understatement. Let’s put it this way: the optional M carbon bucket seats from the M3 and M4 seem almost cushioned compared to the full-shell CSL.


Brutal Alcantara and bucket seats characterize the interior of this particular model.

If you want to sit higher or lower, you have to go to a repair shop for adjustments. Magnificent! Additionally, the CSL interior offers a standard Alcantara steering wheel, helmet netting and carpet in place of the rear seats and the CSL logo.

Technical adjustments: less ground clearance and new struts

Honors are the M4 supersport lowered by 8 millimeters, CSL-specific axle kinematics with a more negative camber, new strut supports on the front axle and ball joints instead of rubber joints on the rear axle.

Weight savings: Lightweight construction not just in the name of the M4

And of course a few pounds can also be saved with the M4 CSL. Economical de-refining of the trunk and internal sound insulation results in a weight savings of 15 kilograms, a huge reduction in weight once again in the interior. The full carbon bucket seat reduces mass by a further 24 kilograms compared to the standard M4 Competition. In addition, there are no rear seats and the center console is made entirely of carbon.

Race ready – instead of the backseat, there’s a helmet net behind the front seats.

And now let’s mentally draw the line and recap what the light construction effort has accomplished. According to M GmbH, this has saved 100 kilograms of weight compared to the M4 Competition. At 1625 kilograms unloaded, the M4 CSL is a lot lighter than the Competition M4, but – to be honest – not super light.

Engine and driving performance: more power for BMW-only models

But this does not reduce driving performance, because thanks to increased boost pressure (2.1 instead of 1.7 bar) and adjusted engine control, the S58’s in-line six-cylinder biturbo engine is at its best. 550 PS and a maximum torque of 650 Nm is sent to the rear axle by the famous eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new strut brace gives the car additional rigidity and looks good too.

The result: 3.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. Seven seconds later they were at 200 km/h. It only ends at 307 km/h. The Nordschleife M4 ​​CSL’s time of 7:20,207 minutes proves that things aren’t just straight forward: 7:20,207 minutes, making the new CSL the fastest road BMW of all.

Price and limitations: BMW M GmbH will only produce 1000 pieces

Of course, M GmbH values ​​all of this dearly. Because for the M4 CSL, BMW needs at least 165,200 euros. Worse, only 1000 copies of CSL III will be made. It seems like the acronym CSL can keep on releasing all sorts of emotions.