Say what you want about BMW and some of its controversial decisions in recent years, but it knows how to promote a product reveal. If there is a model that deserves so much attention, it is the M4 CSL. While we’ve already seen our fair share of teasers, the third Sport Lightweight Cup won’t debut until May 20.
In other words, it gives BMW plenty of time to post more previews of the M4 CSL on its social media. For example, the M Division shared a new blurry photo of the high-performance coupe to mainly reveal its front design. Yes, the headlights will feature yellow accents reminiscent of older models and the newer M5 CS.
Since it’s 2022 and BMW M turns 50and anniversary, the M4 CSL wears the vintage motorsport emblem. This redesigned front bumper with a prominent spoiler lip will also be fitted to next year’s M3 CS and M4 CS. There appear to be two black decals along the hood to spice things up even more.
Of course, the most obvious way to tell the CSL apart from a Competition or base M4 will be in the rear. BMW is giving the hardcore coupe a ducktail spoiler mimicking the one fitted to the M3 E46 CSL in 2003. Inside, enthusiasts are unlikely to have an issue with the missing rear seats, which will be eliminated to significantly reduce the weight.
When it comes to horsepower, look for a healthy increase over the 503 hp you get in the competition. We heard over the vine that BMW M engineers were dialing in the S58 engine to around 550hp. It’s unclear if the 3.0-litre twin-turbo will be massaged to deliver more torque, or if it will stick to the current 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) rating. Either way, the straight-six will be sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
When the 2023 BMW M4 CSL is unveiled next Friday, it will be fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and likely a six-figure price tag in the United States.
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