• Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL

Only 50 units will be built, and each will come with supercar-like prices

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In 1972, BMW unveiled the 3.0 CSL as a lighter version of the 3.0 CS (hence the L in the CSL name). Only 1,265 units were built, but none of these units were sold in the States. In 2022, BMW M celebrates its 50th anniversary, and to mark the event the company will bring the 3.0 CSL name back to the lineup. The model has already been teased by BMW M boss, Frank van Meel, on his Instagram account, but today our spy photographers were also able to catch the future sedan out for a testing session of the streets of Munich, Germany.

Update 7-21-2022: The new BMW 3.0 CSL was spied testing on the Nurburgring, and we snapped some amazing pictures of it. Check them out below!}0}

Spy Shots 7-22-2022 - BMW 3.0 CSL on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL
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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL
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Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL Exterior Spyshots
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BMW will launch the 3.0 CSL as part of BMW M’s 50th anniversary

The model will be based on the new BMW M4 CSL that was announced back in May 2022, but it appears to have very little in common with the current BMW M4. The BMW 3.0 CSL has an independent grill, a different bonnet, and round air intakes in the bumper. The rear will also be different and will get a different tailgate, a large spoiler above the tailgate, and an additional roof spoiler. The rear wing is inspired by the one found in the 1970s 3.0 CSL. BMW will also offer a series of weight reduction measures in an attempt to keep the weight as low as possible. The 3.0 CSL will ride on a special set of 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloy wheels.

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL Exterior Spyshots
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Under the hood there will be a tuned version of the M4’s 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged ‘S58’ inline six-cylinder engine with an output close to 600 horsepower

Under the hood, we will see a tuned version of the M4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged ‘S58’ inline six-cylinder engine with an output close to 600 horsepower. If the rumors are true, the 3.0 CSL will be 57 horsepower more powerful than the M4 CSL and 97 horsepower more powerful than the M4 Competition. Unlike the M4 CSL, which is offered only with an eight-speed automatic, the 3.0 CSL will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. If these figures will actually be real, the 3.0 CSL will be a lot faster than the M4 CSL which goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 191 mph.

Spy Shots: An Early Look at the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL Exterior Spyshots
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The rear wing is inspired by the one found in the 1970s 3.0 CSL

Rumors suggest that the 3.0 CSL will be limited to only 50 units - each of them hand-built. Prices will be in the €700,000 - €750,000 ($736,000 - $788,000 at the current exchange rate) range. The model will be revealed in the next few months and production is set to begin in November 2022.

Source: Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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