BMW M’s 50th anniversary celebration brings back the 3.0 CSL in the form of a limited-edition sports car echoing the original Seventies-era “Batmobile” 3.0 CSL’s design. The new BMW 3.0 CSL boasts several new features and is limited to just 50 numbered units.
The new 3.0 CSL’s drive train is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine, running to the tune of 553 HP with 406 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission. It also features a rigid crankcase, forged lightweight crankshaft, a 3D-printed cylinder head core, a specially designed cooling system, an active M differential working with a double-joint front axle and five-link rear adaptive damping stability control, wider tracks, variable-ratio electric power steering, and M carbon ceramic brakes, with six-piston fixed-caliper stoppers up front and single-piston fixed-caliper brakes at the rear.
The vehicle’s cabin bodywork sports a unique form factor featuring a satin aluminum grille trim, angular yellow LED laser headlights, “Batmobile” inspired fenders, double rear wings, two front bumper round air intakes, and small hood fins. The car sits on gold-colored center-locking 20” front and 21” rear wheels carrying specially developed Michelin tires. The special-edition sports BMW 3.0 CSL has a motorsport-inspired colorway, with the white paint accented by stripes in the traditional BMW M colors similar to the one on the original 1970s car.
The interior cabin is a two-seater with a storage compartment in the rear. Carbon fiber makes up most of the cockpit, with CFRP on the door panels, while black Alcantara is featured on the bucket seats, steering wheel, and parts of the dashboard. White contrast stitching compliments the unique number 50 engraved gear shift knob.
All 50 units of the 3.0 CSL will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Moosthenning, Germany. Though no price has been revealed, the BMW 3.0 CSL is expected to sell for more than the Limited Edition M4 CSL’s $140,895 price tag.