Lighter, Faster, Meaner, And Motorsport-Inspired: This Is The 2023 BMW M4 CSL


The BMW M4 CSL is in the long run proper right here. The Bavarian automaker’s rivals and performance division, BMW M, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this twelve months, and while “the quickest letter in the world” is just as almost certainly to seem to be on the trunk of a diesel-powered SUV these days, the letters C,S, and L even now seem to be to be to indicate organization. Circumstance in stage, this is a 543-horsepower, rear-wheel drive track attacker that can extensive the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just a lot more than seven minutes and twenty seconds—the quickest a manufacturing BMW has ever lapped the infamous North Loop. It is not exactly a super light-fat at 3,640lbs, but it is decidedly swift shut to a circuit.

This most recent CSL (“Coupé Sport Light-fat,” or Leichtbau in its native tongue) is just the third-ever BMW to dress in the the badge, and it definitely has enormous tires to fill presented that the really very first CSL—based on the classy E9 Coupé—immediately established BMW Motorsport in the 1970s by winning the European Touring Car Championship drivers’ title six situations in seven numerous many years. Only time will inform what this new M4 model will incorporate to the legacy, but for now the on-paper stats will have to do until the really very first press vehicles go out for evaluations. 

In contrast to the M4 Rivals that is just been dethroned as the hottest two-door M car, the CSL has misplaced 240 lbs and acquired 39 horses for a full of 543 available at 6,250rpm. The -62mph sprint is reported at 3.7 seconds, the prime velocity is limited to 191mph. The best torque is unchanged in contrast to the M4 Rivals at 479lb-ft (amongst two,750-5,950rpm).

All this thrust comes courtesy of a revised BMW S58 3.0L twin-turbo inline-six, which in the CSL has been re-tuned with new engine management software program plan and a higher peak improve strain for the two mono-scroll turbos (thirty.5psi versus the M4 Competition’s 24.7psi). The drivetrain is also far a lot more responsive due to stiffer engine and transmission mounts. Purists and prior-schoolers will not be psyched to hear that the only decision is an eight-velocity single-clutch automated created by ZF, but they could perk up at the actuality that BMW has had the wonderful sense to hold this distinct model as rear-wheel drive only. Then as soon as a lot more, the ultimate CSL from two decades in the previous was automated-only, so it is not like any backwards actions have been taken there.

The Most of the M4 CSL’s bodyweight reduction can be attributed to the elimination of the rear seats (~53lbs), the decision for light-fat carbon fiber bucket seats up front (conserving a single a lot more ~46lbs), and lighter wheels, springs, struts, and brakes (carbon ceramics, naturally), which collectively shave off a single a lot more ~46lbs. Soundproofing supplies have also been decreased or otherwise eradicated all via the car to conserve ~24lbs. As you would presume, there is an abundance of carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastics on and in the CSL, of which the double-bubble-style roof, hood, trunk, rear diffuser, and the interior center console are constructed from. The exhaust is also lighter thanks to a titanium muffler method, and even the taillights, kidney grilles, and climate management method have been area on a diet program strategy. 

Much more swiftly laps are not only due to substantially significantly less bodyweight and far a lot more vitality, even so. The M4 CSL also traits model-distinct aero, a CSL-only engine compartment bracing setup cast in aluminum, as effectively as its really personal suspension tuning (it rides .3” reduce than the M4 Rivals, and traits distinctive camber settings, sway bars, dampers, and the addition of auxiliary helper springs on all four corners to hold the principal coils efficiently seated in serious conditions). The CSL also boasts a rear subframe that is linked straight to the complete physique with out any damping, as effectively as far a lot more rigid and far a lot more precise suspension geometry front and rear (the front finish traits forged swivel bearings, and the five-hyperlink rear finish has had its rubber management arm bushings and mounts replaced with four sound ball joints with shut to-zero give to further sharpen variables). 

For the M4 CSL, BMW has additional five extra traction management settings, which we’ll permit it clarify in its really personal phrases: “The frequent-fitted M Traction Handle execute with model-distinct track tuning lets the driver set individual intervention thresholds for wheel slip limitation. On dry surfaces, phases a single to 5 of M Traction Handle aid the driver to execute managed drifts. Phases 6 to 10 are largely based mostly on the application created for touring car racers and make allowance for every single surface conditions and tire temperature to maximize traction and directional stability.” So fundamentally there are five for-entertaining modes and five for sizzling-lapping in a assortment of conditions. Striving to hold track of them is up to you, but we image drivers will select two or three favorites and not be also bothered creating an try to differentiate amongst the rest. 

 Aerodynamics and bodywork distinctive to the CSL include the front splitter, ducktail-style rear wing, the aforementioned double-bubble roof, rear diffuser, and a tweaked style and fashion for folks kidney grilles/gaping maws. The CSL-distinct cross-spoke wheels measure 19” of diameter up front and 20” in the rear, and dress in 275/35 ZR19 and 285/thirty ZR20 tires, respectively (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup two R rubber).

Styling-intelligent, the CSL is also set apart by its paint and livery scheme, which traits exposed carbon fiber stripes on the hood, and a almost neon red striping and outlining motif inside of and out. Exterior colors are limited to wonderful prior Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, and as established proper right here, a dark semi-metallic silver that BMW has produced the choice to mobile phone Frozen Brooklyn Grey. Brooklyn seems to be like a single distinct of the worst possible spots to drive a stiffened-up sports activities routines car, but hey. Optional laser headlights complement the laser taillights (these are not just lights, they are lasers!), and attribute yellow accents in the daytime driving lighting facets. The BMW roundels all via the car attribute the special BMW Motorsport style and fashion which incorporates the typical tri-shade semi-circles (this badge celebrates 50 numerous many years of BMW M, and will be available on all other M types as of this twelve months). 

We’re thrilled to see the CSL namesake return quickly following two decades of dormancy, and even though there is no way to entirely recapture the prior, this car seems to be to be a reasonably worthy machine from our armchair viewpoint. We hope to drive a single distinct in the likely to get to know the element for real, but until then we’d like to hear what you take into account about this badass Bavarian. Does it deserve folks three distinct letters on the trunk? 

For folks in the industry area for a single distinct of these badass Bavarians, BMW is only going to market a single,000 examples of the 2023 M4 CSL, which comes with an MSRP of roughly $141,000.