This year marks the 50th anniversary since BMW began automobile production. The German automaking company has decided to launch the 2023 BMW M4 CSL, a special edition, to celebrate this event. It has been reported that only 1000 vehicles of the M4 CSL will be produced at the start of July. The 2023 CSL comes fitted with a powerful M4 Competition model, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 engine rated at 543 ccs. BMW has also cut down 240 pounds of weight in the vehicle, which has significantly helped in the achievement of an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 6.7 pounds per horsepower. The 2023 M4 CSL comes fitted with various amazing features, including; unique engine mounts, upgraded auxiliary springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, and new front-end strut braces that help increase the car's rigidity and overall engine performance. Here, we will take a closer look at the 2023 BMW M4 CSL.
With production set to begin in July, the German automaker—BMW has announced that they will only release 1,000 units of the new 2023 CSL models, with 41 of them reserved for the Canadian market. According to a trusted source, the M4 CSL comes with various amazing upgrades, including; a pronounced carbon-fiber splitter at the front with aerodynamic flicks on edge. It also has a unique set of black wheels measuring 285/30ZR20 at the rear and 275/35ZR19 at the front. These wheels are enclosed in extremely sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires that were previously used in the GT2 RS and Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Although the technical information of the 2023 M4 CSL is yet to be officially announced, it is highly believed that the car will feature a tuned version of the 3.0-Liter twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine rated at about 540 horsepower. Unlike the standard models, the new 2023 BMW m4 model will weigh less and come with an upgraded model-specific suspension that lowers the car's height by 0.3-inches, among other new suspension parts such as dampers, anti-roll bars, and wheel camber settings.
When it comes to the interior, the model comes with a perfect blend of red and black seats that are made from lightweight carbon fiber. BMW has also removed the center armrests and the rear seats and fitted the transmission tunnel with carbon fiber. Other upgrades included in the interior include; a red engine Start/Stop button, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and a CSL logo with a red contrast stitching near the gear shifter. The hood is fitted with two carbon panels and comes with 20-inch rear and 19-inch front wheels with standard track-focused Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tires. Other notable upgrades in the new CSL model include; two pedal-feel settings, 15.0-inch single-piston floating caliper rear brakes, 15.7-inch fixed-caliper front brakes, and the standard 22-inch and 21-inch matte-black light-alloy M wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R Tires.
Engine, Power, and Transmission
Like the M4 Competition model, the new 2023 BMW M4 is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 engine rated at 543 horsepower. The CSL is currently the most powerful 4 Series model, with a maximum torque strength of 479 lb-ft at about 6,250 rotations per minute. The German automaker claimed that the CSL could accelerate from 0-60 mph within 3.6 seconds and reach maximum speeds of 120 mph within 10.5 seconds. It has an eight-speed automatic gear transmission that transmits power via the rear wheels. Better handling of the car is further enhanced by the carbon fiber shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel for manual gear operation and an improved suspension system that allows the BMW M4 to ride about 0.3-inches lower than the M4 Competition. Other notable upgrades in the CSL engine include; 3D-printed cylinder heads, arc-sprayed iron coating, and a tweaked lightweight crankshaft for improved revving. Moreover, both the engine and transmission are stiffed to improve the car's overall road performance.
To help provide better feedback to the driver, the CSL comes with the M4's competition 10-stage traction control configuration. Between setting 1 and 5, the amount of slip gradually reduces, and as for settings 6 and 10, the car's acceleration speed is incredibly increased, nailing down impressive track times with less wheel slipping. According to a trusted source, The limited unit production of the 2023 BMW CSL is expected to bring in many sales due to the improved lightweight crankshafts for increased torque levels and a sleeve-free crankcase, and closed-deck for enhanced rigidity. Unlike the M4 competition model, the CSL has an extremely high peak power ratio of 405kW / 550 Horsepower and an improved combine fuel consumption of 9.81/100km. The 2023 BMW CSL M4 currently holds the fastest track times ever for the BMW series with an impressive lap time of 7 minutes 15.677 seconds.
BMW has completely outdone themselves with the interior of the 2023 BMW M4 CSL. If you take a closer look inside, you will spot the high-quality merino leather M Full-carbon bucket seats that are designed to be comfortable even for long-distance adventures. These seats now come with a black-matte color, non-adjustable backrests, and manual backward and forward seat adjustments. Fine details have been added to the Alcantara steering wheel, M-specific displays for more focused driving, and an anthracite-colored carbon fiber headliner. Like the M4 competition, the 10.25-inch and 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen displays are still standard in the CSL model.
How Much Will the 2023 BMW M4 CSL Cost?
The German automobile company BMW has yet to release any official information about the production of the 2023 BMW M4 CSL for the Australian market. However, it is assumed that since the production is only limited to 1000 units, BMW would certainly reserve the new M4 CSL for their most loyal customers when production is set to begin in July. The 2023 BMW 2023 M4 CSL is expected to be sold at an average price of $140,000
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