As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, BMW M has launched a 405kW motorsport-derived special edition M4 CSL, with the lighter, more powerful offering set to arrive in Australia in Q4 of this year. It will be priced at $303,900 plus on-roads.
Capable of 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, the new model is 100kg lighter than the M4 Competition. Converted to a two-seater, the M4 CSL will feature model-specific chassis upgrades and equipment features selected specially for the job at hand; track driving.
“CSL” stands for “Competition, Sport, Lightweight”, with the M4 CSL following in the wheel tracks of successful special-edition models from earlier generations of the BMW M3/M4, most notably the BMW M3 CSL from 2003 and the BMW M4 GTS unveiled in 2016.
Everything about it is race focused. It has a kerb weight of 1,625kg and comes with M Carbon full bucket seats. There’s that lack of rear seats and belts too, along with chassis changes, and special light-alloy wheels, springs and struts also feature.
Soundproofing has been paired back, and there’s been a switch to ultra-lightweight sound insulation. A load of components are made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic as well, including its roof, the bonnet and boot lid, and its centre console.
A titanium rear silencer has also been fitted to the exhaust system. In the looks department, the body of the BMW M4 CSL is painted in the exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic as standard.
This exterior shade teams up with exposed carbon-fibre surfaces and red accents to create a visually expressive appearance of sporting purity. BMW Laserlight headlights bring another head-turning accent to the front end.
These headlights illuminate in yellow rather than white, bringing to mind the appearance of successful GT racing cars. The LED rear lights are equipped as standard with technology making its debut in a series-produced car.
Their glass covers have intricate light threads woven into them which are illuminated using laser technology, bringing a vibrant structure to the surface of the lights. This creates a highly distinctive signature that is recognisable from a long distance.
Under the hood, the model-specific power unit of the BMW M4 CSL is based on the same high-revving, six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology found in the BMW M4 GT3 racing car.
Its substantial performance reserves enabled a major hike in power while maintaining stability and durability. Key to this power boost was an increase in the maximum charge pressure of the two mono-scroll turbochargers from 1.7 bar to 2.1 bar.
The BMW M4 CSL’s engine develops peak torque of 650Nm. The crankcase’s sleeve-free, closed-deck construction helps to make it extremely rigid, while the forged lightweight crankshaft allows it to handle extremely high levels of torque.
Another special M-specific feature is the cylinder head core, made using 3D printing techniques. Both the cooling and oil supply systems are designed to handle the particular challenges presented by track driving.
The twin-tailpipe exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps and weight-minimised titanium rear silencer additionally generates a racing-car-inspired, emotionally engaging engine note created especially for the new BMW M4 CSL.
The drive torque produced by the engine is relayed to the rear wheels of the new BMW M4 CSL via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Model-specific wheel suspension is accompanied by a drop in ride height of 8mm.
Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and M Carbon ceramic brakes also feature, as does the 10-stage M Traction Control system and high-performance tyres.
Inside, an M Alcantara steering wheel, anthracite-coloured headliner, carbon fibre interior trim strips, “CSL” badges on the seats, centre 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 can be found in the rear compartment. The M-specific control/operation system includes the M Setup button for direct access to numerous vehicle settings.
M Drive Professional includes M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer, plus the M Mode button for activating the 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 display. Among its functions are the navigation system and 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 drive recorder can be ordered from the options list. Standard spec also includes automatic climate control, park distance control, front collision warning, lane departure warning and speed limit info.
Two-zone automatic climate control, an alarm, and the driving assistant and parking assistant systems are available as options. Interested buyers should contact their local BMW dealer. If you’d like to own the 2023 BMW M4 CSL and need finance, visit CreditOne.