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BMW shrinks the kidneys of the M4! On this homage to the 3.0 CSL

And we thought BMW would only celebrate 50 years of M with a terrible plug-in hybrid SUV. No, the Munich brand has something much nicer in store for us: a tribute to the BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ based on the M4, with – yes! – smaller kidneys.

The BMW 3.0 CSL was introduced in 1972 as a homologation model. This means that BMW had to build a certain number of them to be allowed to use it in the European touring car championship. To make the CSL as light as possible, BMW removed all sound insulation, used thinner steel for the body and aluminum for the hood, doors and tailgate. The side windows were no longer made of glass, but of Perspex.

BMW 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ with aero package

From July 1973, buyers could also order the 3.0 CSL with an aero package, which included a large rear wing, a spoiler above the rear window, a deeper front spoiler and two fins on the front fenders. Its heroic appearance earned the CSL the nickname ‘Batmobile’. BMW produced more than 1200 units, first with a 3.0-liter engine, which was later bored out to 3.1 liters and delivered a power of 206 hp.

Widened BMW M4 with 3.0 CSL elements

The camouflaged car in these photos is a tribute to the 3.0 CSL based on the current M4. You can clearly see the wing and the roof spoiler. Striking at the front are the smaller kidneys and the deep front spoiler with round air intakes, just like the 3.0 CSL had. It also seems that the rear wheel arches have been knocked out even further compared to the M4.

BMW to start production in November

BMW is reported to start production of this model in November. There are rumors that the car will be called 3.0 CSL and that it will only come on the market with a manual gearbox. In any case, it is clear that the surprising M4 variant is sold in a limited edition. Its cabin may have been partially gutted to save weight. BMW already showed a preview of this car in 2015, in the form of the 3.0 CSL Hommage study model.

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