Navigating Through the All-New 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL

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Overview of BMW 3.0 CSL

We will be seeing the “Batmobile” from the ’70s on the roads again. Yes, you read it right. On the 50th anniversary of BMW M’s performance and motorsport division, the company is celebrating by introducing some limited edition models.

Pretty sure no one could hold back knowing that the BMW is bringing the all-new 3.0 CSL, which is an icon for sure. This vehicle is modeled exactly from its 50 years’ older version that won the European Touring Car Championship six times.

However, this time, 3.0 CSL came with a much more  engine, modern technology, and a lot newer features that will leave you in awe.

All set to explore the all-new BMW 3.0 CSL? Let’s get right into it.

Origin and Evolution

The BMW 3.0 CSL is a direct descendant of the E9 coupe that took over from the 2000CS in about 1968. This vehicle started as a 2800 CS and was powered by a 2.8-liter M30 straight-six.

However, this vehicle didn’t have anything extraordinary, particularly in terms of sports. The BMW also needed a vehicle to stand out and compete against the Ford Capri and Porsche 911 in the European Touring Car Championship. At this point, BMW considered taking help from Alpina, which was rather a small yet independent tuning company at the time (now acquired by BMW). Alpina did try modifying the M30, but it didn’t really bring fruitful results.

Later, in 1971, the E9 coupe was replaced with slightly more powerful versions called the 3.0 CS and 3.0 CSi. These vehicles were capable of producing 180 horsepower and 200 horsepower, respectively, which was far better than their predecessor, E9. However, it still didn’t make sense to use these cars for the competition.

To convert the E9 into a racing car, a small venture of engineers with expert skills was gathered. They worked on it to build a homologation special build and thus came up with 3.0 CSL in 1972. CSL stands for Coupé Sport Liecht. This derivation is derived from the German language, which translates into lightweight sports coupe. Much thinner steel was used in this car to reduce the weight.

This vehicle then competed in Group 2 form in the European Touring Car Championship, and its drivers won the title a total of six times in the year 1973.

3.0 CSL was produced from 1971 to 1975, and a total of 1265 of these vehicles were produced during these years. It was the dramatic aerodynamic package that earned this vehicle the name “Batmobile.”

BMW again introduced the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept in 2015 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. This vehicle was basically a tribute to the 3.0 CSL, which was equipped with an eBoost hybrid system located at the rear of the vehicle. Everything else in the car was minimal to keep the weight as low as possible.

Wait! There’s more.

The story of 3.0 CSL doesn’t end here. BMW brought back this vehicle but on a limited-edition sports car. Its design is similar to that of the ’70s, but specifications-wise, it’s a whole new model. You will see the core values of the M division in this vehicle.

Get ready because we are about to explore one of the most iconic sports cars produced by BMW.

Power, Performance, and Efficiency

The original 3.0 CSL from the ‘70s could deliver 206 horsepower and weighed about 6.2 kg per hp. The newer version has improved a lot in terms of weight as it carries 2.9 per hp. Based on that information, we can conclude that its overall weight will be 3,527 pounds. BMW also claims to be using the most powerful engine ever used in the history of their vehicles.

You will not find the new 3.0 CSL, the direct homologation of its original version, as evident from the power unit, which is carried from the 2022 BMW DTM’s straight-six engine. The 3.0 CSL’s engine is now able to deliver 560 horsepower with 405 lb-ft of torque. The motor is combined with a six-speed manual transmission, and the power is sent directly to the rear wheels.

Exploring the Interior Features

The 70s model was quite straightforward from the inside, having a center console, wood trim, and rich wooden inserts on the dashboard. However, the newer model resembles closely with the M4 model. This one has the rear seats replaced with a little cargo space for two integrated helmets. This is done to reduce weight.

Again, the dashboard has many similar features to M4, but some changes and unique features help distinguish the 3.0 CSL from M4.

The seats in this car are M Carbon full buckets, having contrast accents and stitching in Alpine white, giving the cabin an aesthetic appeal.

This vehicle also has M-branded seat belts, an M Alcantara steering wheel, black Alcantara and matte carbon surfaces, and an appealing dark grey roof liner. You will also see the BMW 3.0 CSL name on the door sill trims and even on seat surfaces. Moreover, right in the center console, you will find a white gear shift knob, which is basically a symbol of driving pleasure and also reminiscent of the prior 3.0 CSL models.

We can also expect the trunk space to be somewhere around 12 cubic feet, as in M4 CSL. However, this may vary significantly depending on the engineering and design requirements of the 3.0 CSL.

Exploring the Infotainment Technology

There’s believed to be a 12.3-inch touchscreen that connects the standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth Connectivity. There will be ventilated and heated seats as well, along with a fully digital instrument panel. You may also see a premium audio system and an air conditioning system. A 360-degree camera with a heads-up display will also be installed for the driver’s convenience.

Exterior Color

The color and M stripes that you can notice from a far distance are painted on the vehicle by hand. All the details and thorough work take a lot of time and effort. The paint and little details have been done super precisely by paying close attention. This is done to ensure the livery stripes look as neat as possible.

Other than that, most other exterior parts are made using carbon components that are painted by trained employees. Similar material can also be observed in other areas like a rear wing, sills, and lettering on the roof.


So far, we have realized that though the 2023 3.0 CSL is named after the 70’s iconic sports car, it is largely based on the M4 CSL model. That said, it is clear that the vehicle’s length will be somewhere around 188.7 inches, and it will have a wheelbase of 112.5 inches. The wider rear fenders can also increase more than the M4’s 75.6-inch wide hips. Similarly, its roof-mounted wing can also affect the overall height of the car.

Decoding Fuel Economy of BMW 3.0 CSL

While there’s no information about its fuel economy, we are pretty sure customers wanting to purchase this model of BMW 3.0 CSL would not give a damn about its mileage. Considering it’s pretty close to M4 in its built, we can expect the combined mileage of 19 mpg.


The 2023 model of the BMW 3.0 CSL is estimated to be around $780,000, which is over five times more expensive than the 4.0 CSL. Though everyone wants to get their hands on this iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, only 50 units of this model are known to be produced.

Drive Abilities

When you press the start button, you’ll hear that distinct engine roar, sending a wave of excitement through the car. You’ll be in awe seeing the quick response of the gas pedal. Moving the vehicle onto city roads could never have been easier than with the BMW 3.0 CSL. To make your drive more comfortable, there’s a switch on the shifter that lets you adjust how the gears shift. You can put the vehicle in a relaxed setting to ensure a nice yet comfortable ride when moving through traffic. It features unfathomable grip and a super-linear steering feel. This car has everything you’d want in a supercar.


The BMW 3.0 CSL, though based on its ’70s model, contains most of the characteristics of the M4 model. This limited edition 50th anniversary celebration model is complete on its own, presenting the right combination of luxury and performance. With Alpine White’s sleek and modern exterior and luxurious and spacious interior, this car contains all that you want in a luxury sports car. While this vehicle guarantees an enjoyable ride and comes with a ton of features to cherish, not everyone can afford it. The price of the BMW 3.0 CSL is too high to even think of having it. If you still want to get your hands on it, ensure that you stay up to date with your local dealership for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What kind of drive system is used in the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL?

The 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL has a rear-wheel drive system that makes it a high-performing car.

What is the function of Active M Differential?

Active M Differential is located in the rear-axle transmission. Its function is to ensure high-end dynamics while preventing torque compensation between the rear wheel. It is also linked to DSC and adapts to the driving situation by adjusting its locking effect.

What gearbox is the 2023 BMW 3.0 CSL equipped with?

The engine of this vehicle is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission. The gear shift travels are designed precisely, allowing super-fast yet precise changing of gear.

Written by: Motorcardata

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