For BMW lovers, there are three letters than could make them shiver with pleasure — “CSL”. First, there was the legendary 3.0 CSL which one Sebring in 1975. That automobile introduced the CSL nameplate to the mainstream for automotive lovers.
After the enduring E46-generation BMW M3 CSL, followers have held these three letters within the highest regard. And with good cause, because the E46 M3 CSL is well probably the greatest driving Bavarians of all time. It was sharp, aggressive, dynamic and thrilling. It was some of the pure driving experiences to ever grace the automotive world.
Since then, there hasn’t been one other CSL from BMW, which has disillusioned followers. We’ve had hardcore BMWs in the identical vein because the CSL, such because the E92 M3 GTS and F82 M4 GTS, however they weren’t the identical. Now, although, BMW M appears to be changing the GTS title with the enduring CSL title.
In response to BMW CEO Frank van Meel, who not too long ago spoke with Road & Track on the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Present, the “CSL” title would be the most hardcore and track-ready vehicles within the M lineup. “CSL [will be] the top-of-the-line monitor device, made on the monitor for the monitor, simply with a quantity plate,” Van Meel advised R&T. So fairly than vehicles just like the M4 GTS, we’ll see upcoming vehicles just like the M2 CSL.
Apparently, van Meel isn’t opposed to creating four-door CSL vehicles, as nicely. So it’s definitely attainable that we might see one thing like a BMW M3 CSL and even an M5 CSL. Whereas the latter won’t make a lot sense, an M3 CSL might be fairly fascinating. Nevertheless, van Meel additionally spoke in regards to the M automobile hierarchy, which might point out the type of sportier variants for 4 door vehicles.
On the backside of the hierarchy would be the commonplace BMW M vehicles. One step forward of them would be the Competitors Bundle vehicles, like we at the moment see within the M3 and M4. One step forward of Comp Pack vehicles will likely be “CS” badged vehicles, resembling the brand new BMW M4 CS, which will likely be extra hardcore variants of ordinary M vehicles however nonetheless with rear seats and on a regular basis functionality. One step additional would be the CSL vehicles which are principally race vehicles for the highway.
It’s thrilling information to listen to that BMW will likely be bringing the enduring title again to the model. We are able to’t wait to see what kind of vehicles obtain the well-known badge.
[Supply: Road & Track]