BMW to launch limited-edition motorsport-derived M4 CSL in Q4

As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, BMW M has launched a motorsport-derived 405kW M4 CSL Special Edition, with the lighter and more powerful offering due to arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of this year. It will be priced at $303,900 more on the road.

Capable of 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, the new model is 100 kg lighter than the M4 Competition. Converted to a two-seater, the M4 CSL will feature model-specific chassis upgrades and equipment features selected specifically for the job at hand; track driving.

“CSL” stands for “Competition, Sport, Lightweight”, with the M4 CSL following in the wheel tracks of the successful special edition models of previous generations of the BMW M3/M4, including the 2003 BMW M3 CSL and the BMW M4. GTS unveiled in 2016.

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It’s all about racing. It has a curb weight of 1,625kg and comes with M Carbon full bucket seats. There’s also that lack of rear seats and belts, along with chassis changes, and special light-alloy wheels, springs and spacers are also present.

Soundproofing was paired and there was a switch to ultra-light sound insulation. Many components are also made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, including its roof, bonnet and trunk lid, as well as its center console.

A titanium rear muffler was also fitted to the exhaust system. In terms of looks, the body of the BMW M4 CSL is painted as standard in the exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Gray metallic.

This exterior color combines with exposed carbon fiber surfaces and red accents to create a visually expressive appearance of sporty purity. BMW Laserlight headlights provide another head-turning accent at the front.

These headlights illuminate yellow rather than white, evoking the look of successful GT race cars. The LED taillights come standard with technology making its debut in a production car.

Their glass covers are woven with intricate threads of light that are illuminated using laser technology, bringing a vibrant structure to the surface of the lights. This creates a very distinctive signature that is recognizable from afar.

Under the hood, the model-specific power unit of the BMW M4 CSL is based on the same high-revving straight-six engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology found in the BMW M4 GT3 racing car.

Its large performance reserves allowed for a significant increase in power while maintaining stability and durability. Key to this power increase was an increase in the maximum boost pressure of the two mono-scroll turbochargers from 1.7 bar to 2.1 bar.

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Inside the 2023 BMW M4 CSL (overseas model shown)

The BMW M4 CSL engine develops a maximum torque of 650 Nm. The sleeveless, closed-deck construction of the crankcase helps make it extremely stiff, while the lightweight forged crankshaft enables it to handle extremely high levels of torque.

Another M-specific feature is the cylinder head core, made using 3D printing techniques. Cooling and oil supply systems are designed to meet the special challenges presented by track driving.

The twin-outlet exhaust system with electrically operated flaps and weight-reduced titanium rear silencer additionally generates an emotionally captivating engine note inspired by racing cars, created especially for the new BMW M4 CSL.

The drive torque produced by the engine is transmitted to the rear wheels of the new BMW M4 CSL via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The model-specific wheel suspension comes with an 8mm lower ride height.

Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, electromechanical M Servotronic variable-ratio steering and M carbon ceramic brakes are also present, as are the 10-level M traction control system and high-performance tires.

Inside, an M Alcantara steering wheel, anthracite colored headliner, carbon fiber interior trim strips, “CSL” badging on the seats, center console and rear panel, plus M specific displays also help to create the perfect on-board setting for concentrated driving pleasure.

Merino leather trim with extended features and M seat belts are also standard. Two helmet storage units are located in the rear compartment. The M-specific control/operating system includes the M configuration button for direct access to many vehicle parameters.

M Drive Professional includes M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer, as well as the M Mode button to activate Road, Sport and Track settings. BMW Live Cockpit Professional adds a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

It’s joined by a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Among its functions are the navigation system and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. It also offers smartphone integration, telephony with wireless charging and a Wi-Fi interface.

The BMW head-up display, with M-specific elements, and the driving recorder can be ordered from the options list. Standard specs also include automatic climate control, park distance control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and speed limit information.

Dual-zone automatic climate control, an alarm, and driving and parking assistance systems are available as options. Interested buyers should contact their local BMW dealership. If you want to own the 2023 BMW M4 CSL and need financing, visit CreditA.

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