Your favorite BMW M model has just been given the ultimate birthday present in the form of the BMW 3.0 CSL, and the numbers don’t do it justice. This limited-edition series car comes in at 552bhp, 516lb-ft, 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, which puts it well and truly into supercar territory. It really could be said that this is one birthday celebration that no one wants to miss out on!
When BMW M engineers were tasked with designing a new car to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, they wanted to do something special. After hours and hours of meetings, sketches and all-nighters, they had what they needed to create one of the most iconic cars ever made: The BMW 3.0 CSL. Based on the E9 coupe, the 3.0 CSL was a 552bhp celebration of M’s 50th anniversary that took many motorsports records when it was introduced in 1973. In addition to the engine upgrade (which increased power from 197 to 252bhp), there are several aesthetic changes that make this model stand out: wide fenders, aerodynamic bumpers, and side stripes — even an air scoop on top! All these elements combine for some unforgettable design touches that make this car an instant classic and a testament to M’s engineering prowess
The new BMW 3.0 CSL is a special edition, limited-run car commemorating the M division’s 50th anniversary, and it is only available with a manual gearbox. The car has been in production for over 40 years, but this will be the last model to wear the famous ‘M’ badge before it changes to ‘M Performance.’ M = Manufacturer = BMW
With five decades behind us, M’s performance stands for extraordinary power, design and dynamics, says Frank van Meel, President of the Board of Management at M GmbH.
The new BMW M3 CS is the latest in a long line of celebrated M cars, which started with the 1968 BMW 2000 CS and continued through to the present day. The introduction of the model marked BMW M GmbH’s 50th birthday, thus it was only fitting that they should celebrate in some way; what better way than by introducing a limited edition car for this very special occasion?
The new BMW M3 CS is powered by a 4-liter twin-turbocharged engine that produces 552bhp and torque of 600Nm, making it one of the most powerful cars available on today’s market and one which can reach 62mph from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds.
Pricing and verdict
The new BMW 3.0 CSL is a fitting tribute to M’s 50th anniversary, with a modernized look while retaining the classic charm and comfort that M cars are known for. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for a comfortable, sporty ride and someone who is not concerned about going fast in straight lines because this car does it all! It also has great handling around corners and makes use of every bit of horsepower given to it.
M’s 50th anniversary is an important milestone for the company and they really delivered on their promise by delivering an amazing product that both looked good, but had a great performance as well.
All-in-all this was one great experience from start to finish