Does this story sound familiar? BMW brings out a sports car. A journalist ask if there will be a higher performance version. BMW claims there are no plans for such a car subtly hinting that said journalist should instead focus on the car being launched in front of them. Journalist then takes the web and proclaims there will be no higher performance version of said car. Internet uproar ensues.
That happened last week when Top Gear reported that BMW M will not be making a M3 or M4 CSL:
>…Seems the iconic nomenclature won’t make a return on the new generation of M3 and M4. Matt Collins, product manager for BMW’s small to medium cars, responded to what the enthusiasts will no doubt be whining about in a couple of years time. “Couple of years?” he says, “they’re whining about [a new CSL] now. At the moment though, there are no plans on a CSL. Or anything like a CSL either.”
We know that BMW will be bringing out higher performance versions of the M3 and M4. Will they given the fabled CLS label? That we don’t know. But the time seems right for BMW to bring back the name as it’s been over tens years since the last one.
But given the weight loss already in the vehicles, how could BMW do it? In our minds it’s not that hard. Ditch the rear seats for some quick weight loss, and throw in a few bespoke carbon pieces that the standard cars didn’t get due to cost. Then increase boost in the S55 and add some improved plumbing. Of course there’s always more aggressive suspension tuning and electronics to throw in. And upgrading brakes is easy – simply make those amazing Carbon brakes standard. Finally BMW will want to throw in a set of unique 19″ or 20″ wheels to top it all off.
Sound good? Let us know in the comments.