M3 Lightweight Spied Testing

Our friends at M3post have the first photos of the M3 lightweight (potentially called the CSL) in the real world. Spied in Interlaggos Blue and not the gorgeous non-metallic blue shown last week, the M3 clearly features a new front splitter, rear spoiler and some pretty aggressive seats inside.

Are they the seats we showed you this morning? They certainly look similar. You can see the entire set of photos here.

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  • Adam

    The headrest of the drivers seat certantly looks like that of the new CFRP ones shown today. I’m suprised to see it testing already, maybe given the fact that this car is due in mere months had somthing to do with it. The E92 “CSL” I imagine is aways away still.

  • HERR26

    There is always room for the understated essence of M to be balanced by something that is more raw , more powerful and we have to find the right balance to make it successful. One idea being looked at is to have a regular Roadcar and then a completely opposite of the Roadcar enough that it would give Porsche a fright.

    The E90 Lightweight sedan concept is the initial first step of this idea.

    Whilst BMW M are certainly pioneers in lightweight methods the initial result does not give the expectancy one would reckon accompany an M lightweight car. As some models have been brought to the market some successful , some not. Others have not made the business case. Maybe the idea was ahead of it’s time and with the advent of driving towards better efficiency goals being a priority aswell as mass production of CFRP becoming more cost effective might invoke a better response?

    This car was actually brought about on the ideas brought by the 25th anniversary M5 , especially in relation of can a lightweight concept be applied to a Sedan? . The M5 anniversary proved it was possible and on the level of what lies in the pipleine for M in regards to lightweight construction as well as CFRP. As seen in the full Efficient Dynamics day brief that we are moving forward on fabricating major parts of the engine and drivetrain out of lighter materials to which combined with CFRP will provide BMW M to really put the effort into making it’s cars lighter.

    Although we know that the M3 E90 Lightweight car is a ltd edition finale what we have to look for is if the Concept actually takes off that we would think about doing something for the M5? The M3 sedan comes first because the M3 Coupe has just under a year and a half to the end of it’s production , we will see something for the Coupe but at another time, closer to the end.

  • JonPD

    I am very interested, my heart only hopes at this point the largest ///M won’t be left setting on the sidelines yet again.