It’s official: BMW is making a modern version of one of its most iconic models, with custom styling and a rumored price of one million dollars.
the revived 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL – the modern version of the 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ homologation special from the 1970s – has been teased for the first time, ahead of its expected reveal in the coming months.
Teased in a series of images posted to BMW M boss Frank van Meel’s Instagramthe new 3.0 CSL revival carries unique styling similar to the original, with tall front grilles resembling the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept and wider front and rear bolts than a standard M4.
Above the trunk lid is a wing reminiscent of the original ‘Batmobile’ from the 1970s, while there is a secondary spoiler above the rear window and a pair of round air intakes at the front, like the first 3.0 CSL.
Not all body panels appear new, however; the side doors appear to be borrowed from the standard M4 coupe, as do the headlights and the shape of the vehicle’s ‘greenhouse’ (the side window opening).
As reported, the new 3.0 CSL is reportedly hand-built and limited to just 50 units, with a price tag of €700,000 to €750,000 ($AU1.06 million and $AU1.14 million).
Power comes from a tuned version of the M4s 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘S58’ six-cylinder inline enginetuned to develop 418kW (560 hp) – 13 kW more than the limited-build M4 CSL, or 33 kW more than the M4 Competition.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission (or 6MT for short) – rather than the M4 CSL’s eight-speed automatic – as suggested by a ‘6MT FTW’ decal on the rear of the teased car.
Other upgrades include new 20-inch alloy wheels at the front and 21-inch rear, and a range of weight reduction measures, including the elimination of keyless entry, power seats and parking sensors.
Production of the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL will begin in November 2022 — indicating a full reveal is just months away.
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