• Yes, The BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile Really Was That Significant

These BMW Classic specialists will give you all the juicy details about the iconic 3.0 CSL "Batmobile"

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BMW Group Classis is a YouTube series where the good people from BMW Classic acquaint us with some of the brand’s most iconic models. As most BMW enthusiasts would point out, there were plenty of epic BMW cars made throughout the brand’s history. Today Benny and Mark are on screen so they can talk about one of the most iconic cars ever made – the BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile.

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Benny introduces Mark, who also works at BMW Classic and is a true motorsport enthusiast. What better due of presenters to talk about the first “from A to Z developed racecar from BMW motorsport, back in 1973” – Mark explains, while sitting in front of two examples – a racecar and a streetcar – of the BMW 3.0 CSL.

The BMW E9 is also the first car to feature the M-division’s distinctive red, blue, and purple colors.

Mark explains what each of them stands for while clearing out a myth that the red color actually comes from Texaco, which was supposed to be BMW’s sponsor.

Red stands for motorsport, blue stands for BMW and the purple between them symbolizes the blend between the two.
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Benny points out that the engine of the car is one of the reasons for its success. Upon revealing the engine bay, we see the engine has been taken out for restoration. The presenters also point out that this isn’t an original “Batmobile” but a replica they built in 2015 to showcase while the original is being preserved. A subtle hint at that is the tow-hook at the front, which the original car doesn’t have. “You won’t recognize it when it passes you with over 200 kph on the racetrack” – Benny says.

Going to the streetcar, the presenters share another reason, why the 3.0 CSL is so significant.

“It’s the very first BMW production car, which combines four design elements, which are typical for BMW” – Mark says.

Those would be the double lights, also known as the “four-eyed face”, “the famous sickle line on the sie of the car”, “the famous Hoffmeister kink” at the C-pillar, as well as the general coupe silhouette of the car.

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Throughout the production of the 1,000 cars, there were three evolution steps. At first, the car was powered by a 3.0-liter carbureted version of the inline-six, producing 180 horsepower, which later became 200 horsepower thanks to fuel injection. The last and rarest version of the CSL had a 3.2-liter version of the same engine, producing 206 horsepower.

Mark carries on about the rare big wing at the back, which was installed on 110 cars only.

There is, however, a rarer version – he points out – which has a version of the wing with a third strut in the middle. Only 57 cars had it.
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The “Statterpaket” (City package) was an option you could order, back in the day. Essentially, this makes the BMW E9 more luxurious and heavier, which according to Mark is pointless, given the purpose of the car. Nevertheless, a few people had ordered it.

Regardless, this is why the BMW 3.0 CSL is considered one of the most significant cars of the brand. On top of that, its racing prowess and timeless aesthetics have made it one of the most saught-after classic BMWs out there.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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