BMW 3.0 CSL has arrived: the Batmobile of the 21st century


BMW 3.0 CSL has arrived: the Batmobile of the 21st century
BMW 3.0 CSL has arrived: the Batmobile of the 21st century

In a homage to the legendary 3.0 CSL Batmobile model from the 1970s, BMW has resurrected the iconic model and equipped it with a manual transmission and the most powerful six-cylinder engine available on a BMW. The brand has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a style throughout 2022, but on the last day of the year, it will be celebrating in perhaps the most spectacular way yet.

BMW's 3.0 CSL Batmobile from 1973 is a lightened and unique rally car that has become one of its most iconic models. The recently presented BMW M4 CSL was not for long the most powerful model from the famous M department powered by a six-cylinder engine, because the said department presented a long-awaited model in honor of this year's celebration of its 50th birthday (in addition to the first wagon M3, M4 CSL and the new M2) 3.0 CSL which was announced seven years ago with the attractive concept 3.0 CSL Hommage.

BMW's reminder of the legendary model 3.0 CSL (E9), whose racing edition (nicknamed the Batmobile) in the seventies of the 20th century glowed and ignited on racetracks around the world, is based on the M4 CSL version, and the Bavarians will call it "the most exclusive M model until now" offered in only 50 copies.

Behind the extended attractive body in the distinctive colors of the M division and with a few details reminiscent of the original racing 3.0 CSL (Competition Sport Lightweight) hides a three-liter in-line 6-cylinder biturbo engine, which in this edition develops 560 horsepower and 550 Nm of maximum torque, which is by 100 Nm less than the value of the highest torque in the M4 CSL model, because the "six" in the 3.0 CSL is combined with a manual 6-speed gearbox for which (according to the M department) 650 Nm would be too much.

This model is powered solely by the rear axle, and in addition to the special reinforced 20 and 21-inch alloy wheels with a central nut fastening, the CSL is equipped as standard with carbon-ceramic brakes, a M differential, a M adaptive suspension, carbon front seats, laser lights, etc...

The white head of the shift lever is also a very interesting feature. Approximately 50 numbered copies of the BMW 3.0 CSL will be made within the next three months, which will lead to an estimated cost of around 750,000 euros for the Batmobile of the 21st century.


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