BMW has finally unveiled the much-anticipated modern-day 3.0 CSL, a limited-production model based on the M4 featuring a fully redesigned body inspired by the ’70s original. The peak of the celebrations for BMW M’s 50th anniversary, it will be produced in 50 units, fitted with the most powerful six-cylinder engine in the Bavarian automaker’s history producing 552 hp (412 kW / 560 hp) and a manual gearbox.
Predictably, the model follows the theme of the gorgeous 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept, although the design has been toned down for production while retaining the M4’s hard points.
Under the bonnet lies a tuned version of BMW’s twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six engine producing 552 hp (412 kW / 560 hp) and 550 Nm (405.6 lb-ft) of torque. Power is transmitted to the rear axle exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox with the help of the Active M Differential. The chassis has also been tuned with a new adaptive suspension setup and standard M carbon ceramic brakes representing the latest evolution in BMW’s technology.