Let’s start with the good news, only 50 will be built. We understand that manufacturers have faced a lot of challenges in recent years. During the covid period, showrooms remained empty, there was the issue of chip shortages, and today consumers are keeping their foot on the brake due to the current energy crisis.
Booking issues. Add to that the witch-hunt against fossil fuels, and you immediately know why shareholders are unsure whether to book their trip to Aruba for next year from March to October, or February to November. This uncertainty must be simply unbearable for them at the moment. But fortunately, help sometimes comes from unexpected corners! For instance, the boys and girls in the design department at BMW have descended into the deepest caverns of their light blue, dark blue and red brain cells, and this has resulted in a model that should remind you and me why BMW has such a beautiful and rich motorsport history.
Perfect home. However, we can be firm, no new model was needed for that, that conviction had been there for many years. Let us Jeremy Clarks-wise explain what we do find successful about this BMW 3.0 CSL. The interior, for instance, which once again makes it clear why ‘living inside your car’ is a trend that may be pursued as far as we are concerned. Although seating is limited, this interior screams to receive visitors. Here you can invite people over without having to be shy or embarrassed about the carpet, seats, light, etc. And the lack of a back seat means children can play freely.
Poor dealer. And the price is also a definite plus. Because it will be between 700 and 800 thousand euros, and you can certainly haggle something down with a margin like that. Imagine, you walk into the dealership, you count on eight hundred thousand and you end up with only seven hundred thousand. Then you can’t help but feel bad, because how on earth can the dealer earn anything from that? After all, a dealer also has expenses, he has a bunch of employees, and when he pulls the door behind him, he also just goes home where his wife and children are waiting. And they want something other than French baguette with ripe brie with a glass of red wine every day.
Leichtbau. We’re won over by the interior, the price is a serious bargain, the good news must have run out by now. Think again, because we have yet to talk about the heart of this 3.0 CSL, the most powerful version of BMW’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline-six ever, producing 553 hp with a torque of 550 Nm. That’s only 9 hp more compared to the BMW M4 CSL, but weighing “only” 1270 kg, it weighs a whopping 355 kg less than the M4 CSL and even 455 kg less than the M4 Competition. Unfortunately, there must have been a power blackout at BMW’s editorial marketing department, because we can’t find any performance figures. But presumably the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h goes in “dizzyingly fast” and the top speed should be around “enough to loose your driving permit”.
Just positive. Sadly, all good things come to an end, and we are also sold out. We would still have liked to share with you why we believe the look of this 3.0 CSL is a brutal attack on our retinas, but we have decided to focus on the positive from now on. And now, please excuse us, but we have to start updating our social media urgently, because there are still a few fresh news items that we have yet to comment on furiously…