BMW M has had grand ambitions to bring back the fames CSL moniker for years. Yet we’ve only seen the GTS and then CS models at the top of the M4 range. But that’s set to change in 2022 as the M Division is putting the final touches on its new halo – the BMW M4 CSL.
The name CSL is roughly derived from coupe, sports and lightweight and was first used in the 1972 3.0 CSL (which we reviewed here). That car like this one wears its name on its sleeve with the emphasis on weight savings and a focus on performance. Although unlike that first CSL or even the E46 CSL (which was released 30 years later in 2002) this new car will be twin-turbocharged monster with a rumored 540 hp.
Like the E46 CSL it will eschew the manual and only be available with an 8 speed automatic – the same one in the M4 Competition. However since weight savings will get top billing BMW will ditch the xDrive and the CSL will only be available with rear wheel drive.
Stylistically BMW M will be debuting new headlights, upgraded racing bucket seats and new wheels with optional CUP 2 tires. Inside look for plenty of carbon fiber, Alcantara and the real possibility of no rear seats.
Like the E46 CSL, the 2023 BMW M4 CSL is intended to celebrate the birth of the M Division and that first CSL all the way back in 1972. Therefore look for production to begin in July 2022 and go until February 2023. Pricing and production numbers should be announced next Spring.