2023 BMW M4 CSL: The Most Powerful M

If it looks angrier than a regular M4, that’s because it is. The BMW M4 CSL 2023 gets a variety of carbon fiber body panels and weight tuning, plus 40 hp over the M4 Competition to become the fastest M car. BMW

Weight has gone down, power has gone up, and the new BMW M4 CSL 2023 is the fastest BMW ever built on the road. Only the 1,000 M4 CSL will be built after its launch in July, and this will ensure that a good segment of the world’s M4 CSL population will spend their days in air-conditioned comfort and moisture control as collectors’ items.

Hopefully, the rest will be driven as BMW M intends to be challenging.

late last year Forbes wheels We got a sample of the M3 and M4 competition models, which are really hot numbers, but the CSL turns the heat even more.

Short for “competition, sport, lightweight,” these high-performance performers follow in the footsteps of tuned, illuminated Bimmers dating back to the 3.0 CSL “batmobile” of the 1970s, with their then-leading aerodynamic body kit.

2023 BMW M4 CSL
Lighter wheels save 46 pounds and reduce off-load weight, but weight savings have been incorporated into a wide range of changes, including omitting items such as the head-up display. BMW

road racing car

The new M4 CSL uses the same S58 inline-six twin-turbo engine as the competition but gets 40 horsepower over the M4 competition and is on a 240-pound diet. The result is a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds. It will also hit 124 mph (200 kph) in a supercar-like 11.5 seconds and reach a speed of 190 mph.

The M4 CSL effectively runs on the same engine as the racing-only M4 GT3 but without the car’s dry-oil system. The higher power is partly due to the new exhaust but mostly due to moving the M maximum boost pressure for the turbo from 1.7 bar (or 1.3 bar in the manual) to 2.1 bar.

Perhaps not surprisingly, there would be no evidence. You’ll drive M4 CSLs through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which can comfortably handle 479 lb-ft of torque (unchanged from the M4 Competition) and shift faster than Hans-Joachim Stuck.

There have been massive suspension tweaks, including lowering the ride height via new springs, to handle the extra grip from the all-new Michelin Cup2R tires, which come with 275/35 ZR19 rubber up front and 285/30 ZR20s in the rear.

Front Grille 2023 BMW M4 CSL
Trunk cover 2023 BMW M4 CSL

wearing a quarrel

The most discussed and controversial aspect of both the Series 4 and M4 is its face. The giant network still divides opinions sharply, and if the internet has anything to say, fans aren’t necessarily fond of the more extreme versions, and CSL inserts more hype. However, its raw speed and roaring exhaust might be a perfect fit for these in-your-face visuals.

However, the M4 CSL will tick the visible boxes with yellow daytime running lights (which are legal, adjuster, and only come with a laser light option), and a heavily wrapped hood and rear spoiler, rather than sticky. rear wing.

There will only be three colors – Frozen Brooklyn Gray Metallic, as well as Sapphire Black and Alpine White. Unfortunately, the bright colors for the M4 Competition will not be added. The CSL’s brake calipers are painted red instead of gold, but that’s the only change to the braking system.

2023 BMW M4 CSL Seats
The optional sport seats on the M4 Competition have been aggressively bolstered to keep you in place on the track, but the M4 CSL takes racing seating to another level. If you want to adjust the lying position, you will need to separate your tools. BMW

weight there

An array of carbon-fiber parts — including a shaped hood, roof and trunk lid — and omitted components help pull the 240-pound M4 Competition to 3,580 pounds.

“We were looking for 100g inside at the end, though. I know 100kg seems like an adequate marketing number, but there was nothing more than that,” Robert Belsey, BMW M project manager for the M3 and M4 models, told Forbes Wheels. . He admitted that a little more could be found – maybe 20 kilos if The M4 CSL didn’t have to meet the more restrictive crash regulations in the US, but it does.

Some weight loss measures, such as cutting carbon fibers, were obvious, but some were not. Single-zone climate control replaces the standard dual-zone, the rear seat and seat belts are omitted, 33 pounds of sound insulation are removed, and forged alloy wheels provide 46 pounds, the titanium exhaust delivers 7 pounds or more and is louder in the boot, for example. Example but not limited to some modifications.

With red and silver stitching, the carbon fiber front extreme seats were fitted and fitted for one driver only and modified only at the front and rear. Well, it can be adjusted to the rake angle, but it requires a workshop, using a three-stage screw connection.

They have detachable headrests to allow a six-point harness to be fitted to the track. There is a “regular” carbon fiber seat that works without the two-tone stitching if buyers choose.

When the head-up display and backup camera were removed, the last bits of weight were found for international models, but backup cameras are required in the United States. BMW admits that some people don’t care more about weight than others, so it’s willing – for a price – to return some of the things that were removed.

2023 BMW M4 CSL
Your author with M4 CSL in Munich. The style may divide opinions, but the performance will not. And no aesthetic concerns will deter BMW enthusiasts and collectors, the potential audience for the CSL. BMW

internal affairs

While it was developed with the track in mind, there is no option for a roll cage, making it completely road legal. “It’s in the direction of motorsports, like the M4 GT4, and less than a competition model flash,” Belsey said.

His race-day credentials include tweaks to the driver assistance systems and 10-step tuning to alter the drift angle – and it can even be done in the middle of the corner for the brave or fools.

The first five stages of the M traction control system (also known as the Drift Mode) are for the implementation of controlled drifts, while the last five stages are versions of the modes developed for motor racing, to find top speed depending on tire temperature and wear. and surface conditions.

2023 BMW M4 CSL Front Bumper Brace
This massive truss truss is installed in eleven different stabilization locations under the hood, and is just part of the reinforcement that continues to ensure high dynamic limits for the CSL. BMW

The M4 CSL is 8mm drop at both ends, and this is mostly achieved with new springs that also dictate new mapping of the active dampers at each corner. One key to the added (expected) track speed is a massive molded engine bay strut, to add stiffness to the front end’s biting ability. The hollow strut fits 11 places – so it’s an important piece of hardware – and it weighs 3 pounds less than the engine compartment strut on the M4 Competition.

The powerful front splitter is also in carbon fiber, with two exposed grooves, and the new carbon bonnet hosts a 50The tenth Anniversary BMW M Heritage badge, which can be ordered for any BMW M car built this year. Optional laser lighting—and those yellow running lights—add a little weight, but it looks great. Without this option, DRLs are white.

Standard equipment includes the M Drive Professional which includes a drift analyzer and timer, as well as other do-dads. It comes with the Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3-inch digital multimedia display and a 10.25-inch instrument cluster. It integrates navigation, wireless charging, smartphone integration, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

2023 BMW M4 CSL Profile
The M4 CSL will start at $140,895, which is enough to buy a trio of the base 430i Coupes. BMW

Prepare to spend big

From nothing to the largest market, the US will catch a quarter of the BMW M4 CSL’s total production of 1,000 vehicles. Germany has 150, UK 100, and Australia 30, among the top 10 target markets.

While those other countries haven’t confirmed prices yet, Americans do. When the order books open in a few weeks, the M4 CSL will cost $140,895. Expect it to be sold out by Labor Day.

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