As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, BMW M GmbH has presented a special-edition model based on its renowned high-performance offerings. The new BMW M4 CSL blends old-school racing passion with innovative technology to create an inimitable performance experience.
With its next-level power and intelligent lightweight design, two-seater configuration, model-specific chassis upgrades and equipment features selected specially for the job at hand, the new BMW M4 CSL has track driving as its raison d’être.
The genes the M4 CSL shares with its competition-spec sibling, the BMW M4 GT3, are also reflected in its performance attributes. In test runs on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, the BMW M4 CSL posted the fastest lap times ever for a series-produced BMW car. On the version of the track traditionally used for comparison purposes – the 20.600 kilometre variant without the straight at section T13 – it stopped the clock at just 7 min:15.677 sec.
Its official and notarised lap time for the 20.832-kilometre circuit (the complete lap) was 7 min. 20.207 seconds. Acceleration figures of 3.7 seconds from zero 100 km/h and 10.7 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 200 km/h are similarly impressive.
“Competition, Sport, Lightweight”: a recipe with a rich tradition. The stripped-back racing character of the BMW M4 CSL is underpinned by a time-honoured concept that harnesses cutting-edge development expertise and the latest technology to create an enthralling end result.
“CSL” stands for “Competition, Sport, Lightweight”, referencing the critical role of weight-minimised design in achieving success in motorsport. The BMW 3.0 CSL developed by BMW Motorsport GmbH according to this same principle won the European Touring Car Championship at the first attempt in 1973.
The M4 CSL also follows in the wheel tracks of successful special-edition models from earlier generations of the BMW M3/M4, most notably the BMW M3 CSL from 2003 and the BMW M4 GTS unveiled in 2016.
For BMW M GmbH, the world premiere of the new BMW M4 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (20 – 22 May 2022) will be one of the highlights of its 50th anniversary year. Production of the special-edition model will begin – in a limited run of exactly 1000 examples – at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing in July 2022.
Its talent for innovation and racecar know-how enabled BMW M GmbH to restrict the special edition’s DIN kerb weight to 1,625 kilograms. A standout power-to-weight ratio of 2.95 kilograms per hp (4.01 kg/kW) provides the ideal platform for a dynamically sublime driving experience.
Fitting M Carbon full bucket seats reduced weight by around 24 kilograms on its own compared with the standard seats fitted in the BMW M4 Competition Coupé. Twenty one kilograms were saved by removing the rear seats and seat belts, integrating a partition and making the associated modifications to the luggage compartment.
Chassis changes, including the addition of extra-lightweight M Carbon ceramic brakes and special light-alloy wheels, springs and struts, lowered the figure by around another 21 kilograms.
The model-specific power unit of the BMW M4 CSL is based on the same high-revving, six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology found in the BMW M4 GT3 racing car. Its substantial performance reserves enabled a major hike in power without having to make any concessions in the areas of stability and durability.