2024 BMW M4 CSL - Price, Performance, and Photos
The M4 CSL is lighter, more powerful, and quicker than the M4 Competition, and costs $140,000!by Sidd Dhimaan, on
Following the footsteps of the M3 CSL from almost two decades back and the M4 GTS that came out six years back, BMW has launched its latest special edition model, the M4 CSL. For the longest time, it was a well-kept secret, but in recent times, we had spied it a few times and had an idea of how it looked on the outside and the inside. Fast forward to the present day, the M4 “Competition, Sport, Lightweight" is finally here.
The M4 CSL comes with a lot of tweaks when compared to the M4 Competition. It makes 40 extra horses, features an aggressive suspension tune, carbon-ceramic brakes, ultra-high performance tires, and is 240 pounds lighter. The M4 CSL is limited to just 1,000 examples worldwide and costs $139,900; nearly twice as much as the M4 Competition. Is it worth the extra price?
M4 CSL – Drivetrain and Performance
The BMW M4 CSL is powered by the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six engine, but with a few tweaks. The peak turbo boost is at 30.5 psi here, a 24-percent increase over the M4 Competition’s 24.7 psi.
The power output is 543 horses at 6,250 rpm and 479 pound-feet of torque between 2,750- and 5,950 revs. Although the torque is the same, the M4 CSL puts out 40 horses more than the Competition model.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox powers the wheels and has the same internal and final drive ratios.
Courtesy of this, the M4 CSL can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds. This makes it 0.2 seconds quicker than the M4 Competition, but 0.2 seconds slower than the M4 Competition XDrive. However, knowing BMW and the way it underrates its performance and power specs, we expect it to sprint to 60 mph in low 3s. The 0-120 mph sprint is completed in just 10.5 seconds. The top speed is limited to 191 mph, which is higher than the M4 Competition’s 155 mph (upgradable to 180 mph).
M4 CSL – Exterior Enhancements
The M4 CSL comes with quite a few changes all around. Up front, you get yellow DRLs instead of white, something you’d see on GT race cars. BMW has also offered Laserlight headlights as standard on the M4 CSL. The roof panel is composed of CFRP, just like the M4 Competition, whereas the hood is made up of carbon fiber that makes it three pounds lighter than the one on the M4. The exposed carbon fiber elements along with the red accent lines distinguish it from the standard model. The sports car also comes with a CFRP front splitter for additional downforce, and it features CSL lettering and red accents.
If these visual cues don’t help you differentiate the M4 CSL from the standard M4, then the differences in the in-your-face kidney grille will surely help. It has fewer slats and wide spaces between them optimizing airflow to the radiators, thus giving it an understated, minimalistic vibe. It even features red contour lines and “M4 CSL" badging. The car is available in Alpine White or Black Sapphire metallic as standard. But, you can opt for the Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic exterior shade as well for extra moolah.
The M4 CSL rides on hot M forged light-alloy wheels measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the back. They are wrapped in 275/35- and 285/30 section ultra-high performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires in the front and back, respectively. These tires were specifically developed for the M4 CSL. But, if you need something more usable on a daily basis, you can opt for the standard performance tires from the M4 Competition.
The braking duties are taken over by M carbon-ceramic brakes with 15.7-inch, six-piston discs at the front, and 15-inch, single-piston discs at the back. You get adaptive M suspension on both the ends that reduce the ride height by 0.3 inches when compared to the M4 Competition. The ground clearance is rated at 4.4 inches on the M4 CSL. You get three modes for the damper setting – Sport, Sport Plus, and Comfort.
In the rear, there’s an integrated spoiler on the trunk lid that’s an ode to the 2003 BMW M3 CSL. You’ll also spot a diffuser integrated into the rear apron. Also, the exhaust pipes are made of titanium here. The M4 CSL also marks the debut of new taillights, and we might see them on the upcoming models as well.
2022 marks 50 years of the BMW’s performance division, and there are some elements that will remind you of the same. There are ’BMW M 50 Years’ emblems on the hood, trunk lid, and wheel center caps. They feature a design reminiscent of the blue/violet/red logo first seen on the BMW Motorsport GmbH racing cars in 1973. Even the model badges on the rear, front side panels, and BMW kidney grille have a new design.
It is 188.7 inches long, 75.6 inches wide, and 54.6 inches tall. The wheelbase is 112.5 inches long and it sits 4.4 inches above the ground. The front and rear tracks are 63.9- and 63.3 inches wide, respectively. You get 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Even though you don’t get rear seats, you can’t just dump stuff behind the front seats. We had previously spotted a sticker here that clearly gave this disclaimer.
Interior Design and Features
The two-door, two-seater comes with a cabin focused on creating an emotionally engaging driving experience. You get M carbon bucket seats that are specially developed for the M4 CSL. They don’t have features like heating, lumbar support, etc. as standard, but you can have heated carbon bucket seats with power adjustment at no extra cost. These, of course, won’t be as light as the ones without any functionalities. From the way BMW has described them, they will keep you and your passenger in place even when you’re revving the hell out of it and carving corners like it’s no one else’s business.
The seating surface and the backrests are trimmed in black Merino leather, whereas the outer surfaces have red Alcantara inserts. BMW also noted that the headrests can be removed for track use when you’ve to wear a helmet. There is a stowage area behind the seats, but only to store the helmets.
The center console is also composed of CFRP. BMW has managed to shave nine pounds by making use of this material. It isn’t as tech-heavy as the standard model, but it wasn’t made for that now, was it? You do get a wireless charging tray, though. As for the steering wheel, it comes wrapped in M Alcantara and features a red center marker that seems like a subtle touch, but adds a lot of character to the cockpit. There are carbon-fiber inlays on the spokes as well. You also get CFRP shift paddles that look and feel great.
Weight-Saving At Its Best
BMW has tried to cut down the weight as much as possible. It weighs 3,640 pounds; 240 pounds lighter than the M4 Competition. The automaker has made use of a lot of lightweight components on the outside, inside, and under the skin to shave off as many pounds as possible. Here’s where all BMW made changes to make the M4 CSL lighter than the M4 Competition:
- M Carbon bucket seats – 53 pounds
- Rear seat delete – 46 pounds
- Ultra-lightweight sound insulation – 33 pounds
- Chassis alterations, equipping M Carbon ceramic brakes, forged light-alloy wheels, and springs and struts – 46 pounds
- Use of CFRP components on the outside and inside – 24 pounds
- Titanium rear silencer – Nine pounds
- Tweaks to the BMW kidney grille, rear lights, floor mats, and automatic climate control – Eight pounds
It doesn’t add up to 240 pounds, but this is all that BMW has stated.
Pricing and Availability
The BMW M4 CSL’s production will begin in July 2022 at the company’s Dingolfing plant in Germany, and it will be limited to just 1,000 examples. This 50th M anniversary commemorative model is priced at $139,900 plus $995 destination. There’s no word on when the deliveries will begin, but that might happen at the end of the year or early next year.