When BMW wants to launch something very special, it calls the big M. The BMW M GmbH, or the motorsport division of the prominent German brand, has been producing high-performance cars since the 1970s. Initially linked only to the BMW racing program, the department now also supports the brand’s car production portfolio with specially modified high-trim car versions. So when we see the M badge on a new BMW ride, we know something special is cooking.
The public is now well aware of the work the BMW M does, and many people are ardent fans of their high-end car models. Recent, the BMW M celebrated its 50th anniversary and dedicated it to all M enthusiasts and drivers. It heralded a new era of emotion and electrification while also marking the end of a glorious period in its history.
But the BMW M wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for a birthday surprise for all devoted fans. In addition to countless stories and announcements set aside for the anniversary, a new beastly car with an M badge made its debut. The limited-edition 2023 BMW M4 CSL proudly wears an M badge and appears to be the most powerful M4 ever.
Let’s explore together how the 2023 BMW M4 CSL shows off all the M glory and makes us want to spend all our savings.
Celebrated five decades of BMW M history with the new 2023 BMW M4 CSL
The main purpose behind BMW M GmbH’s unveiling of the special edition M4 was to demonstrate its commitment to combining old-school racing passion with innovative technology. As we all know, the M Division prides itself on its outstanding expertise in powertrain and chassis development. For many years, the M team has been working with carbon fiber to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
The 2023 BMW M4 CSL demonstrates this with a curb weight of 3,640 lbs and a power-to-weight ratio of 6.7 lbs/hp. The engineers worked specifically on this vehicle to make it go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and they did an excellent job. The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is essentially a racer.
BMW claims no other production vehicle came this close to a real racer from M GmbH, so it makes sense that it debuted on such an important occasion. The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is a perfect representation of M’s commitment to developing high-performance sports cars for everyday use. In short, it all comes down to enjoying a racing-like feeling every time you hit the road with your everyday car.
But unfortunately the 2023 BMW M4 CSL won’t come in the same mass production numbers as most everyday cars. It will be limited to just 1,000 units worldwide and priced based on the badge and the performance it wears. Interested buyers will have to put away $139,900+ for the 2024 BMW M4 CSL, but the good news is you still have time – production should begin in July this year.
The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is more powerful, faster and lighter than any M4 to date
The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is not to be confused with the M4 Competition model. The special edition is more advanced in many ways, starting with the power. Although there is a twin-turbo-charged 3-liter inline six under the hood of the M4 CSL, this model gets a boost of 40 horsepower, meaning it makes a total of 543 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. An M-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission is also included.
What’s more, BMW boasts of getting rid of 240 pounds in the M4 CSL compared to the M4 Competition. How did they achieve this extreme weight reduction? BMW played with several parts to make the M4 CSL as light as possible, starting with the alloy wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, special M Carbon bucket seats and a carbon fiber roof panel. Even the kidney grille plays a role in weight reduction.
However, all this did not endanger the handsome exterior of the BMW M4 CSL from 2023. At least it made it even more appealing. For example, you don’t see the two unpainted channels along the grille every day. The laser light headlamps also bring a touch of racing track to the vehicle, as do the innovative rear lights with glass covers and light wires.
The M division really took it further with the M4 CSL. There is an adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, a variable radio-electromechanical M Servotronic control, an M version of the integrated braking system and much more. We can’t possibly fit everything in this short article, so we recommend view the official press release for all the juicy details.
Finally, we would like to say a few words about the interior of the M4 CSL. As you’d probably expect, everything in the car screams “racing,” from the bucket seats to the overworked carbon fiber console. Of course, there is no shortage of technology, so you can expect a comfortable everyday experience.
All in all, the 2023 BMW M4 CSL is a worthy revelation for BMW M GmbH’s 50th anniversary, and we can’t wait to see it on the road.