100kg-lighter M4 special evokes the the classic CSL nameplate last seen on the hallowed E46 M3 coupe
The fastest production car ever built by BMW M to travel the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit – the 2023 BMW M4 CSL – will come to Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Set for a local release between October and December of this year, the 2023 M4 CSL will be priced at $303,900 before on-road costs locally.
From a global production run of 1000 examples, Chasing Cars understands that Australia was originally set to receive an allocation of 21 M4 CSLs but there is some possibility of this number slightly increasing.
The price is likely to be a moot point as all Australian M4 CSL examples are expected to sell quickly.
Munich allocated 20 BMW M5 CS super-sedans to Australia in early 2021 for a very similar price, all all were sold within days with a single example now seeking nearly $1,000,000 on the second-hand market.
The M4 CSL badge – Competition Sport Lightweight – evokes a hallowed model for BMW, with the G82 CSL picking up the baton from the M3 CSL of 2004.
The new car uses a modified version of the current-generation M4’s S58 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol inline six-cylinder engine, and is 100kg lighter than the M4 Competition – with the CSL weighing in at 1625kg kerb.
In CSL guise, power has been increased from 375kW to 405kW while torque remains steady at 650Nm. BMW claims a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.7 seconds (and 0-200km/h in 10.7sec) on the way to a top speed of 307km/h.
The M4 CSL has already lapped the Nordschleife in 7min 15.677sec (Auto Sport comparison test) and 7min 20.207sec (full lap).
Like the E46 M3 CSL, the new car is available only with an automatic transmission – but while the classic E46 made use of an SMG automated manual, the G82 CSL uses an eight-speed torque converter automatic.
Significant rigidity increases in the engine and transmission mounting are aimed at increasing agility further over the 100kg-heavier M4 Competition.
Tuned adaptive suspension is standard, as are the carbon ceramic brakes optional on other G82 M4s – while the M Servotronic steering has a variable ratio.
Outside, the aggression is dialled up significantly with a widened front splitter, very extensive carbon fibre detailing, forged wheels, and additional red highlights.
Inside, full carbon bucket seats are a weight-saving initiative – as is the complete removal of the rear seat assembly, which Chasing Cars understands contributed one-quarter of the circa-100kg weight reduction compared to an M4 Competition.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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