BMW Celebrates the M3 CSL with a 50-car Gathering – Video

Ten years of a performance icon.

In 2003, BMW created a lighter, faster, more powerful version of the M3 called the CSL. Ten years later, the car has become a cult favorite not just among BMW enthusiasts, but among car enthusiasts worldwide due to its superb driving characteristics.

BMW’s goals for the M3 CSL was to create a car that was lighter and utilized advanced technology to go as fast as possible around the race track, while being a comfortable daily driver. The German engineers were able to shed 243 lbs. using carbon fiber and other materials for a total weight of 3.054 lbs., contributing to better handling, braking, and overall performance. Power for the inline-six was also boosted to 360 horsepower, helping the coupe to accelerate to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds. The M3 CSL also helped BMW break the eight-minute barrier around the Nürburgring, which was a huge accomplishment ten years ago.

A total of 1,383 BMW M3 CSL models were built and sold within a few months around the world. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the model, BMW enthusiasts from all over gathered at BMW Welt in Munich with 50 M3 CSLs.

[Source: BMW]

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Ryan Konko, Senior Motoring Editor

Since his first drive in a Porsche 911, Ryan has been infatuated with high-end automobiles. Dating back to his high-school days, Ryan has had a knack for writing about his adventures with cars, his first being a 1994 Chrysler Concorde (what an experience). Ryan is your satirical guide to the affluent caviar-fueled automotive world. He also likes to stand in front of moving objects while playing lacrosse and floor hockey.