Photos and new information on BMW M5 CSL

BMW M5 | October 30th, 2009 by 15
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Celebrating your 18th, 30th and even 50th birthday is always something special, but what about when you reach 25? Is that a reason to celebrate? …

Celebrating your 18th, 30th and even 50th birthday is always something special, but what about when you reach 25? Is that a reason to celebrate? Well, it apparently it is by BMW’s standards since the M5 25th anniversary event has turned into a pleasant surprise for all the BMW fans.

The already almighty E60 M5 was the start of this event, but this was no regular M5 and rather a CSL-like vehicle. Now many of you might already start picking on the naming convention, in the end CSL stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight, but let’s look past that and focus on this exciting one-off model.

The radically redesigned and upgraded V10 engine moves up on the capacity scale to 5.5 liters. To accomplish this task, the highly strung, 90-degree unit has been enlarged with a longer stroke. After this revision, the engine needs more air flow that its predecessor and an additional air intake is fitted into the space where usually the front license plate would sit.

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Official horsepower and torque numbers have yet to be disclosed and may never be, but journalists present there mention around 600 horsepower and near 400 lb-ft of torque, a significant increase over the standard M5.

Unlike the standard E60 M5, the “special edition” M5 CSL, if we’re allowed to call it that way, receives a carbon fiber roof as seen in the BMW M6 and M3 Coupe. Beside the “cool-looking factor”, the CF roof top shaves off about 50 kilograms when compared to the regular model.

But the significant weight savings come within the interior cabin where the special model M5 loses its rear seating bench. At the front, the regular seats are replaced by two bucket carbon fiber seats, adding to the overall weight reduction.

Another small touches can be seen inside, but one that really stands out is the new BMW logo on the steering wheel.

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The suspension has been also revised and adapted to represent the improved M car.

Based on all the upgrades, it is clear that the anniversary M5 model is much faster than the “normal” M5 and track numbers at Nurburgring Nordschleife come to confirm that: 7:50 minutes, at the same level with the BMW M3 CSL E46.

Unfortunately the anniversary model is not planned for production nor BMW has any intention to sell the only BMW M5 “CSL” ever built. Even though some already started to speculate on a similar engine powering the upcoming F10 M5, truth is that the new M5 will go the turbocharged router, most likely a V8 twin-turbo.

The gallery below will give you a closer look at the BMW M5 CSL. It is worth mentioning that we’re extremely jealous of Benny since he had a chance to ride in the M5 along with the famous Claudia Hurtgen… Nurburgring even.

15 responses to “Photos and new information on BMW M5 CSL”

  1. Matt Stokes says:

    I’m sexually aroused by this, and not ashamed to admit it!

  2. Shawn says:

    I can only hope that this engine will be on offer in future products. Just because the block isn’t new doesn’t make this any less than a world class engine. Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche would be tripping over themselves to create an engine its equal. That is an incredible specific output figure for such a large displacement engine.

    On another note – this M5 CSL has only two seats. As in, two less than the M3 Coupe. As in… this car has four doors but two seats, so maybe it’s not such a stretch to call it a CSL. The rear doors are just for easy access to your helmet and extra tires!

  3. Peter says:

    The logo on the steering wheel is anything but new. It is the same logo that was used on the classic M Motorsport cars from the late 70’s. Which I think is super cool.

    Here is a photo of an M1 that I took in 2007 with the same logo on the wheel:

  4. Matt Stokes says:

    How come the E12 M535i and 530i Motorsport are getting no love during this publicity!

    • Peter says:

      Very few were ever made. I have seen 1 real E12 M535i and it was a beautiful car.

      I have love for all old BMW’s. KillerPM on :)

      • Matt Stokes says:

        Nothing better than a sorted E28!

        There was one E12 M535i for sale at the BMW show at Gaydon, UK.. I was tempted, but it looked a bit rough… and my heart beats to the beat of a 6

  5. wazon says:

    This could easly be my dream car. M5 “CSL”!!!

  6. Alex says:

    BMW should stuff the engine in the new Z10 super car…

  7. Matt Stokes says:


    More pics! WOOF!

  8. badger says:

    why did they put the old idrive in this new supercar?

  9. Stratus650 says:

    I’m affraid the additional venting at the license plate space is not meant for additional air. The space is made for a temporary OIL COOLER (check the IN and OUT aluminium oil lines through the kidney grills in the close-up pic).

  10. viper says:

    another never build great car…..

  11. e39 m5 says:

    Great pics! Love the colors on this car. It would be great if that motor is made available as an option in the new M5. Gotta love that BMW is always out there showcasing their ability.

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