Every BMW fan’s dream car, the BMW M3 CSL is regarded by many as one of the best cars to come out of the M3 division. CSL stands for “Coupe Sport Lightweight”, a moniker first given to the legendary race winning BMW 3.0 CSL.
The E46 M3 CSL is most notably distinguished from the standard E46 M3 by its various lightweight components. BMW claimed that the M3 CSL weighed 3,054 pounds, or roughly 10 percent less than the normal model.
The forward-thinking intelligent lightweight technology set the benchmark for the car construction of future models.
The BMW M235i Coupe is the latest member of the BMW M Performance Automobile family and it is powered by the N55 3.0 liter TwinPower turbocharged inline-six engine also found in the M135i. It produces 322 hp and 332 lf-ft of torque taking the M235i from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds when optioned with the 8-speed sport automatic. Top speed is 155mph and MPG is 22 city/32 hwy for the auto and 19/29 for the 6-speed manual.
BMW M235i will sell for $43,100 in the United States. In Germany, the BMW M235i costs 36,764 Euro.
So which one is a better car? Let’s find out.