BMW 3.0 CSL, only fifty units to celebrate the half century of the “Batmobile”

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It took nearly fifty years for BMW to decide to reuse the 3.0 CSL designation for a production model. A long time has passed since the original 3.0 CSL – which earned the nickname “Batmobile” for its rear spoiler – hit the market – a car created with the express purpose of beating Alfa Romeos, Fords and Porsches in the European Touring Car Championship . Objective that was achieved with the conquest of the title in 1973 and then from 1975 to 1979. In all these years the three magic letters have appeared only a couple of times in the BMW range: on the M3 of the early 2000s and on the current M4, presented last spring at the Villa d’Este elegance competition. The latter serves as the basis for the new 3.0 CSL, which requires three months of semi-handcrafted work to be built and for this reason only fifty will be produced.

The production limit is also a way to celebrate the half century of the M department, whose foundation coincides precisely with the arrival of the original 3.0 CSL. Returning to the current one, the main technical difference with the M4 is the 6-speed manual gearbox instead of the 8-speed automatic. This choice was made to respect the original spirit of the car, but it forced a recalibration of the supercharged 3-litre 6-cylinder engine, reducing torque by 100 Nm compared to the more powerful M4s. Evidently the manual transmission has structural limitations, but compensates for them in some way with the function (which can be deactivated) which operates the automatic downshift. Power, on the other hand, has grown to 560 HP and is delivered up to 7,200 rpm.
The technical package is completed by the M electronically controlled limited slip differential, which works together with the traction control, the carbon ceramic braking system, the electronically managed suspension and the variable ratio power steering. As far as performance is concerned, however, BMW has not given any official numbers, except for the power-to-weight ratio of 2.9 kg/hp and the only reference remains that of the M4 CSL which weighs 1,625 kg, sprints from 0 to 100 km/h h in 3.7 seconds and reaches 307 km/h. There is also no information on the price, but whoever buys the new BMW 3.0 CSL will be happy to know that all the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components are handmade, as are the interiors where Alcantara triumphs for the upholstery. The Michelin tires that fit the forged alloy wheels were also developed exclusively for this car and have the number 50 stamped into the sidewalls of the tyre.

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