BMW says no M3 CSL or M4 CSL planned

BMW M3 | January 24th, 2014 by 3
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For Top Gear, BMW has confirmed that the company has no plans for an M3 CSL or M4 CSL models. Matt Collins, product manager for …

For Top Gear, BMW has confirmed that the company has no plans for an M3 CSL or M4 CSL models.

Matt Collins, product manager for BMW’s small to medium cars, was proactive and responded to a question we all know it’s coming in the future.  “Couple of years?” he says, “they’re whining about [a new CSL] now. At the moment though, there are no plans on a CSL. Or anything like a CSL either.”

BMW believes that with the significant weight savings in the new M3 and M4, are sufficient enough to qualify the two Ms as “lightweight.”

BMW says no M3 CSL or M4 CSL planned

“There wasn’t a CSL on the previous generation (the E92 M3), and the way we look at it is like this: the CSL was great because it had this real focus on lightweight engineering. But we’ve already done that with these new cars. We’ve made them as light as possible – they come in under 1500kgs, which for a car like this is incredible.” Reference is made to the old E46 M3 weighing a similar amount.

“Rather than doing a halfway house to begin with,” Matt explains, “and then rolling out a CSL, we thought we’d make the ‘real’ car as light as we possibly could. So we’ve no plans whatsoever to make a lighter, harder version just yet.”

The E46 M3 CSL remains one of the enthusiats’ darling and often labeled as the “Best Performance Car BMW Has Ever Built.”

But just like with the E90/E92 generations, BMW might be planning for a limited-edition track-only model.

  • Jim C

    just one more reasons for an M2

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      It will come, just not now

  • Fábio Veloso

    I don’t believe that we’ll see a CSL. An M4 like the E92 GTS maybe, and makes all the sense. Will be BMW tradicional answer to the Porsche GT3 RS. I would love to see a CSL version, but truth is that BMW spent a huge amount of money tweeking the nem F80/82 to be as light as possible. If they try make it even lighter,i’m afraid that the car will be too much expensive for its market. Let’s see what the future will bring to us. And truth be told that it will not be the first time that BMW says something and then does exacly the opposite.

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