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1975 BMW 3.0 CSL

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The 3.0 CLS was inspired by the New Six (E9)
  • BMW 3.0 CSL
  • Year:
    1975
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  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    438 @ 8800
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    75000 (Est.)
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Before it had introduced the 6 Series, built from 1976 to 1989 and then reintroduced in 2003, BMW had the New Six (E9) to fill the coupe gap in its lineup. Launched in 1968, the E9 survived for eight years, in which several versions were created with engines ranging from the twin-carb, 2.5-liter to the fuel-injected 3.2-liter. Stunningly beautiful in standard guise, the E9 spawned a downright aggressive, yet still gorgeous, race car toward the end of its life. Known either as the 3.0 CSL or the 3.5 CSL and often dubbed "Batmobile," this beefed-up monster marked the beginning of a very special era for BMW. One that would cement the automaker’s image as a race car manufacturer.

That’s because the race-prepped E9 went on to win more than 100 races throughout its career, which included several different categories. Making the E9 that more special is that it turned out to be one of the very few Bimmers to score important victories on U.S. soil by defeating Porsche at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega.

The Germans have just restored one of these IMSA-spec cars and snatched the class win at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The vehicle will return at Laguna Seca race track during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion starting August 14th, 2014 and we just couldn’t pass the opportunity of adding the 3.0 CSL to our catalog of reviews.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official presentation at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL.

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BMW E9 CSL Batmobile Review: Video

BMW E9 CSL Batmobile Review: Video

Difficult as it may be to believe, there was once a time before BMW M cars. But that’s not to say that there weren’t any special BMW performance machines, it just means that the ones that did exist were more rare and a lot more special. Such a car was the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL, nicknamed the “Batmobile” for all the aero bits that were quite unusual for a road car at the time. The car was a homologation special, a very serious race car made to be just barely street legal, and it was serious enough as a race car to almost completely dominate the European Touring Car Championship at the time.

The video here shows a man whose lifelong dream has been to drive one of these cars finally getting his wish. He gives some important information about the car, but he has purposely waited until the cameras are on to open it up so that we can all see his reaction to the experience of putting the hammer down for the first time. It seems like it must be fun, fun to the point that most of the rest of what he says is just pointless babbling.

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1975 BMW 3.0 CSL

1975 BMW 3.0 CSL

Before it had introduced the 6 Series, built from 1976 to 1989 and then reintroduced in 2003, BMW had the New Six (E9) to fill the coupe gap in its lineup. Launched in 1968, the E9 survived for eight years, in which several versions were created with engines ranging from the twin-carb, 2.5-liter to the fuel-injected 3.2-liter. Stunningly beautiful in standard guise, the E9 spawned a downright aggressive, yet still gorgeous, race car toward the end of its life. Known either as the 3.0 CSL or the 3.5 CSL and often dubbed "Batmobile," this beefed-up monster marked the beginning of a very special era for BMW. One that would cement the automaker’s image as a race car manufacturer.

That’s because the race-prepped E9 went on to win more than 100 races throughout its career, which included several different categories. Making the E9 that more special is that it turned out to be one of the very few Bimmers to score important victories on U.S. soil by defeating Porsche at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega.

The Germans have just restored one of these IMSA-spec cars and snatched the class win at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The vehicle will return at Laguna Seca race track during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion starting August 14th, 2014 and we just couldn’t pass the opportunity of adding the 3.0 CSL to our catalog of reviews.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official presentation at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL.

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