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Reborn Batmobile Has M’s Most Powerful Inline-Six Ever

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It’s no exaggeration to say that 2022 was a good year for BMW enthusiasts who not only got the long-awaited M3 Touring, but also the M4 CSL and the new M2. The culmination of M’s 50, do your best at the endth-Anniversary Celebration is the return of the iconic 3.0 CSL. His modern E9, which pays homage to the 1970s coupe sport lightweights, is touted as “the most exclusive special model” in M’s history.

The characteristic kidney grill is 3.0 CSL Hommage concept from 2015, but now there is a lattice-like insert in the diamond structure. The grille frame has a satin aluminum finish and is also found around the side windows. These large dimples in the front apron are reminiscent of the original his 3.0 CSL while serving a functional role by cooling the engine and brakes. The bonnet-mounted air fins are also reminiscent of the 1970s models.

Laser headlight adopted from M4 CSL It has the same yellow accents that pay homage to the racing cars of yesteryear and the modern M4 GT3. The side profile reveals flared fenders and 20-inch front and 21-inch rear centre-lock forged wheels. Painted in gold, the glossy shoe has a Y-spoke design and is wrapped in bespoke Michelin tires with ’50’ embossed on the sidewalls to celebrate the M’s half-century.

The most obvious link to the classic models can be seen at the rear, where the BMW M has a prominent wing in iconic style. batmobileFeaturing the retro-inspired M Power logo, the wings are the same width as the entire 3.0 CSL derriere and are closed on the sides just like the 50-year-old original. Large aero elements are complemented by a roof-mounted spoiler similar to the E9 model.

Painted in Alpine White Uni and traditional M graphics, the new 3.0 CSL uses the most powerful inline-six engine Bayern has ever fitted. The twin-turbo 3.0 liter is rated at 553 hp (412 kW) and 550 Nm (404 lb-ft). Interestingly, the torque figures are actually M4 competition and M4 CSL. This is likely because the ultra-limited special edition uses a six-speed manual gearbox that can’t handle full torque.

2023 BMW 3.0 CSL
2023 BMW 3.0 CSL

The three-pedal transmission transmits power only to the rear wheels, to which BMW has fitted an M differential. Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard, as is the track-focused Adaptive M Suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers. Inside, you’ll find full carbon bucket seats, CFRP trim on the door cards, and a white gearshift knob.

BMW only builds 50 individually numbered cars in about three months. While the paint job requires a specific process, some CFRP parts are manufactured by hand. Each car goes through eight or more assembly cycles for him at the same number of production stations, in a complex process that takes as long as ten days.

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