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.