• Oct 20, 2009
We're not sure what to believe anymore. A bit over a year ago, reports surfaced that BMW was planning a successor to the E90-generation M3 CSL, a highly coveted, track-focused version of its legendary sports coupe. Within a month, the Bavarian automaker had announced that it was canceling the program. And then these photos show up.
This M3 test mule was seen lapping the Nürburgring with a host of modifications and little in the way of camouflage. Knowing full well that the Nordschleife is swarming with more papparazi than Lindsay Lohan's front lawn, the Bavarians had to know we'd start asking questions. The car in question appears to be sporting a big front splitter, giant rear wing, a wider track housing bigger wheels and semi-slick tires. Underneath, reports suggest the 4.0-liter V8 benefits from new valves and a carbon-fiber airbox to deliver some 470 horsepower.

Call it an M3 CSL or a roadgoing M3 GT4, but with Audi's upcoming RS5 just around the corner, the smart money's on BMW putting up a fight of some kind.

[Source: NextAutos]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just don't put a stupid "Sport" button in it like the last one and it will be perfect.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thread is useless without video...
      • 5 Years Ago
      M3 CSL is a great car.
      This should be pretty good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what BMW will consider "lightweight" this time around?
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW, CSL please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How do you know thats not someones personal modded track car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't it also entirely possible that this is someone's personal car? Can't "normal" people take their cars out for track days on the Nurburing?

      Just curious...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If so, that guy must be laughing!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I was thinking since it has that aluminum tuner touring wing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what I thought... Especially with the wierd little badge on the back... Tuner?
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was going to ask the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone else think that wing looks way out of place on that car? I have to admit that Porsche does a pretty good job of making wings look somewhat appealing, but that wings looks like its straight off a APC Autozone special Honda Civic from the 90's.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I mean BMW did not do a good job I mean, and Porsche does....

        When will autoblog but a darn edit button up?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "When will autoblog but a darn edit button up?"

        I giggled at this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f23oz9ErVyY

      The E92 M3 CSL is already runing on the ring... lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^Make the production car look as good as that thing and I will have to consider changing brands.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How can someone shop for a performance sedan or coupe at a time like this? Just when I get a list of vehicles down to around 5 spy photos surface that cause me to seriously consider waiting just a little longer. ARG!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh please make this come true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Something tells me this is going to somehow weigh more than the base M3...
        • 5 Years Ago
        what tells you this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'm pretty sure that won't be the case. Especially when considering that the last generation (E46) CSL was vastly lighter than the base M3 at the time. In fact, BMW went to such great lengths that they basically replaced the base of the trunk with cardboard. Not to mention that I've read this E92 M3 CSL/GT4 is likely going to be 100 kg or about 220 pounds lighter than the base m3 and will likely have 470bhp. Or you can watch this video and feel the aural delight that is this car.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPyLZj6HuLU&feature=player_embedded
        • 5 Years Ago
        Something tells me you're wrong...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It won't and this is great news as BMW has been stubbornly denying any CSL since this new M3 debuted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's possible, but they would hopefully make up for it in horsepower.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's at least as good as the previous CSL, i'm sold. I hope they keep the godly noise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        your logic is undeniable.

        er....
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