Staff, 2022-12-24 09:32:00,
The iconic BMW M3 CSL is an optimized version of the highly acclaimed E46 M3 Coupe. The exclusive CSL moniker, which stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight, harks back to the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL of the ’70s. After almost 30 years, BMW has revived the exclusive CSL name for the ultimate E46 M3. No doubt, BMW demonstrated to the automotive world what its motorsport department is capable of producing. It’s true to say the iconic E46 M3 CSL is still considered by many as the best of the best.
The mighty M3 CSL made its debut in 2003, set to take on Porsche’s hardcore 911 GT3. The CSL received mixed opinions at launch, mainly due to the price difference over the extremely capable standard M3 Coupe. However, as the third generation M3 was the last in the series to have the naturally aspirated inline-six, this lighter and sharper CSL model has become the most sought-after M3. Indeed, the CSL offered the pure driving experience of the E46 M3 and scintillating performance to rival most sports cars and even some supercars of the time.
No doubt, BMW raised the bar with its lightweight M3. What’s more, the CSL could lap the Nurburgring in 7.50 minutes, which was impressive in 2003.
The German automaker limited the production of the M3 CSL to only 1383 units which means it’s a rare sight on the road. Furthermore, no CSLs crossed the shores of North America. The CSL seems to have developed a cult status as the ultimate M car. In 2003, a new example of the CSL would have cost…
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