On the occasion of the Villa d’Este elegance competition in Italy, BMW has lifted the veil on the new M4 CSL. The latter is said to be the most radical of the M4, lighter and more powerful than the Competition version. The brand did not do things by halves.
This M4 CSL was presented at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, undoubtedly one of the most anticipated each year along with that of Pebble Beach in California. But elegance is perhaps not the adjective that best describes this body version of the M4. No, this one focuses more on performance. Not for nothing does CSL mean “Competition, sport, lightweight construction”. Sportier, lighter … So more radical. It weighs 100 kg less than the M4 Competition, thanks in particular to the elimination of the rear seat and drastically reduced soundproofing. It may seem trivial, but it enabled it to become the fastest production BMW to complete a full lap of the Nürburgring, with a lap time of just 7’20”207. This M4 CSL isn’t for beading!
BMW presented it in an exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Gray color accented by black and red stripes running across the hood and roof. For the rest, the design is not distorted, even if we notice a hell of a lot of new aerodynamic appendages, as well as new air intakes. This CSL version uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the roof, hood and trunk, among other things. This choice of material is also important and helps with weight loss. The set sits on 19-inch front and 20-inch forged alloy wheels at the rear. Finally we find the imposing double bean grille, here more perforated than ever to cool the engine.
Inside, impossible to confuse it with a ” easy “ M4. The CSL has been stripped down to the omission of a rear seat. It’s therefore a strict two-seater, or a selfish car as some say. BMW has equipped it with bucket seats “Racing R Carbon”, which have the particularity that they can only be adjusted in the workshop. The rest of the program includes the sports steering wheel in Alcantara with the noon reminder, as well as carbon used for certain parts of the dashboard and some inserts.
As we told you above, BMW has not only bet on lightness to make this M4 CSL more efficient. The six-cylinder in-line engine has increased by 40 hp to 550 hp compared to the M4 Competition. This increase in performance notably includes an increase in the boost pressure of the turbos to 2.1 bar compared to the previous 1.7 bar. The whole delivers 650 Nm of torque and is linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. All this means 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 3.7 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h acceleration in just 10.7 seconds. And since the figures are always more meaningful in comparison, it should be noted that the very latest Lamborghini Huracan Tecnica takes 3.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, which is only half a second less! Simply impressive.
The M4 CSL is also entitled to numerous optional extras, including carbon-ceramic brakes and a titanium rear silencer. It also has special suspensions that lower the car by 8mm compared to the M4 Competition. In addition, this CSL inaugurates new laser rear lights, equipped with a new, finer light signature with the most beautiful effect. Note that the headlights can also be lasers as an option, benefiting from amber daytime running lights that reflect the vehicles used by the brand in competition.
Now that we’ve toured the owner, it’s time to address the thorny pricing issue. A little advice from Uncle Downshift, you should sit down… Read the following sentence very quickly and you should be fine. The base price of this M4 CSL is €178,000 without options. Here, drink a glass of water, you’ll be fine. Oh yes, we almost forgot: BMW plans to produce only 1000 examples, of which only 29 will be allocated for the French market. Suffice to say, you’re certainly just as likely to encounter a Ferrari LaFerrari! It’s a shame, given that this machine looks like a real scalpel on the track, capable of rivaling the best racers… on paper, at least. Given the rarity of this M4 CSL, it will be very difficult to make comparisons.
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