A disguised prototype of the new BMW M3 CSL has been spotted for the first time while taking part in high-speed testing at the Nürburgring in Germany.
The model, which could join the firm’s lineup in 2023, will be the latest hardcore performance iteration of the BMW 3 Series, joining the BMW M3 Competition and the long-awaited BMW M3 Touring.
The front of the prototype was shown sporting a black and white camouflage livery, which also covered the exterior mirrors and rear passenger windows. The test car also had a set of yellow daytime running lights, which have already been seen on the larger M5 CS.
The model featured a new wheel design, quad tailpipes, more aggressive front and rear splitters and new grille inserts, similar to those of the BMW M4 CSL, which itself is expected to arrive as a lightweight rival. of the Porsche 911 GT3.
The famous name CSL, which stands for Coupé Sport Leichtbau (lightweight), was first added to the E9 generation 3.0 CSL sports sedan in 1972.
BMW revived the moniker in 2004 with a lighter variant of the E46 generation M3. Since then, the lightest and fastest versions of BMW’s performance cars have been badged Competition, GTS or CS.
It’s unclear exactly which powertrain will underpin the upcoming car, but expect a slight power boost over the standard M3 and M4 Competition, as well as the company’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system. .
The new CLS is also likely to receive a similar treatment to other CS models, with reduced weight, a track-focused ride and improved dynamic performance.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-06 16:34:29