• Aug 27th 2008 at 8:55AM
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There were around 1,400 examples of the BMW e46 M3 CSL built, and by all accounts they were exceptionally well received. However, according to Ludwig Willisch, the boss of the automaker's M division, the current e92 M3 won't get the same treatment. He – or perhaps the accountants – feel that "based on current numbers, there is most likely insufficient demand for the M3 CSL."

If a current scorching version of the e92 were to exist, it would have been bumped by anywhere from 36 to 56 horsepower, shed 200 pounds or more, worn some different tires and a set of bigger lungs. In light of the possible volume, though, which would be small, BMW – or again, its accountants – would rather focus on the X6 and X5 for now. Thanks for the tip, Mike!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      does any one notice that the rims on the car above are same as on Mercedes SLR i think (front)?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mercedes, AMG, are you listening? C63 Black Series please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The M3 needs to lose more than 200 lbs. Maybe about 600 lbs...
        • 7 Years Ago
        maybe thats why they scrapped the project
      • 7 Years Ago
      Keep up the good guys. Look forward to those 5000lb "ultimate driving machines."
      • 7 Years Ago
      "accountants – would rather focus on the X6 and X5 for now"

      1st rule of destroying a good car company: Let the accountants build the cars.


      Headlines of the future:
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very simple reason for this. M3's are sitting on dealers lots, alot. Why produce a more expensive niche vehicle when your less expensive broader niche vehicle isn't selling?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The M3 has white, red and blue stitching!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I didn't think of that, but its true. I just can't believe how fast the 335 models are selling in my area.

        Its not about outright performance, its that balance point of performance that the E46 M3 did well, and now the 335i does even better for less.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The M3's problem is BMW's own N54 inline 6 engine.
        Look at the new BMW 740, the N54 strikes again
        322hp 332ft-lbs.

        What can the M3 do than a 335 can not?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay so whats the big deal? IF you really want a track M3, buy a regular one, pull out all the sound deadening, the radio, the HVAC, the other seats and the interior and then spend 10,15,20K in accesories from BMW or your favorite German tuner and voila?

      Okay but seriously, I do realize factory tuned>tuner car, and starting with something done right will lead to a better end result, but I don't think BMW has sold out by not doing this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      people have to remember the massive power increases the new m3 offers over the csl and if people are still not happy with it maybe they should think back to 1996 with the e36 m3 when they bumped up to 3.2 litres and other mods etc and achieved according to facotry an extra 26kw maybe bmw will have that install for the new perhaps not changing of displacement but even so getting more power out of the v8 shouldnt be too much of a hassle only time will tell i guess
      • 6 Years Ago
      suggestions on wheels

      • 7 Years Ago

      [General anger being vented in the direction of the offices of the BMW strategic planning comittee in Munich]
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does the car in the picture have two different set of wheels?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Although if they do a mid-life engine swap on the M3 for the twin-turbo V8, maybe they won't need the CSL as far as performance goes.

      But thats a stretch.
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