BMW The long-awaited and limited-edition M4 CSL has been confirmed for the Australian market, but it is not clear how many will find their way to the Australian coast.
Not since 2003 when BMW launched its E46 M3 CSL we have seen the sacred ‘Competition Sport Lightweight’ Monica implemented in a high-performance BMW coupe.
That said, thanks to the minimal sound insulation for the M3 CSL from the moment it was announced, its motorsport pedigree, lightweight panel, a Spartan interior, race bucket and a complete race car experience.
The comfort of the creature was low and far, all in the name of performance. In standard trim, air-conditioning and audio systems were left on the shelf, although owners could keep them in place when placing orders as a non-cost option.
Cruise control was also unavailable as an indication of the vehicle’s sole intention.
Production was limited to just 1,400 units, with Australia landing just 23 of its global construction allocations.
This latest incarnation of the CSL nameplate takes light weight management and performance to the next level in the year that BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary.
BMW M snatched a huge 100kg from the M4 competition coupe to give the new CSL a dry weight of 1625kg. Stripe-out interior and light weight features such as carbon-fiber panels, wheels, springs, struts and paired-back soundproofing contribute significantly to overall weight loss.
The M-Carbon flower-bucket seats are inserted in front of the red Alcantara decorated with black leather upholstery, saving the M4 24 kg alone compared to the standard seats in the competition. The backrest angle is fixed, while the seat height can only be adjusted in the workshop by eliminating the need for an electric motor.
There are no back seats; Instead, there are two helmet storage units, as well as a carbon-fiber center console, anthracite-colored headliner, M Alcantara steering wheel and carbon-fiber trim bits.
The M4 CSL has been launched as the most powerful road-legal version of all six generations of the M3 / M4, including an effective version of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo Straight-Six powerplant. For the limited edition model, it produces 405kW of power – an increase of 30kW over the M4 competition.
It achieves high levels of charge pressure and specific engine operation calibration. In other words, they dialed Boost and tinkered with ECU code accordingly.
The drive is exclusively placed on the rear wheels via BMW’s eight-speed M torque converter transmission.
Complementary to light weight measurement and power enhancement are specific chassis extensions such as aluminum front-end strut braces and a bespoke suspension set-up that integrates the adaptive M suspension as standard equipment.
The M4 CSL rides 8mm less than the M4 Competition, giving it an undoubtedly low slang profile, while standard fit carbon ceramic brakes provide severe stopping power.
Equivalent to all these record-breaking performances, CSL is now at the top of the leaderboard for the series-production BMW lap time at the iconic Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving 7: 15.677.
Standard sprint time is achieved in 3.7-seconds – the M4 shaves two-tenths of the competition – at a maximum speed of 307km / h. For reference, the new lightweight competitor is two times ten times slower than the all-leg variant of the M3 and M4 competition from 100 to zero.
An aggressive external styling package leaves you without any doubt about the intent of M4 CSL. It can be alternated with the exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Gray metallic exterior finish with red touches on the bonnet, ceiling and side skirts, while Sapphire Black and Alpine White are also available.
Applying lightweight composites to the kidney grill, front splitter and air screen, the carbon fiber aspects are spread all over the exterior.
Compatible with the M5 CS – a vehicle we are currently conducting road testing across Europe – the M4 CSL features yellow low- and high-beam BMW laserlights from the GT Racer. The rear lights carry a new technology with threads on the covers. It all makes for a unique look.
Like the M3 CSL, the new model has a distinct ducktail spoiler – a feature designed to increase downforce at the rear end.
In addition to the bespoke carbon pew, the interior includes an array of electronic performance components. Although not exclusive to the M4 CSL, they include the M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer ratings.
The latter does not seem to be relevant anymore because of CSL’s capabilities on the track.
The CSL is priced at আগে 303,900 before the on-road with an Australian contact set for Q4 2022.
The M4 contest for the context is $ 182,500. A base M4 manual costs about half the cost of CSL.
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