• Oct 28, 2009
BMW M5 CSL - Click above for image gallery

To celebrate 25 years of the M5, BMW has created a one-off version of the E60 super saloon that Albert Biermann, head of BMW's M division calls, "the M5 CSL we never built."

The transformation began with a modified version of the standard M5's 5.0-liter V10, which has been stroked to 5.5-liters and fitted with a carbon fiber intake, secondary oil cooler and a new fascia. BMW remains mum on official power figures, but Biermann says the mods are good for around 580 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque over the standard 507 hp engine.

Mated to the modified mill is a fortified version of the seven-speed dual-clutch Getrag gearbox fitted to the current M3, while a carbon fiber roof joins a set of lightweight, carbon fiber seats up front. That, combined with the removal of the rear seats, sheds around 110 pounds from the M5's curb weight.

Although performance stats haven't been released, BMW says the M5 CSL laps the Nurburgring around 20 seconds faster than the standard model, so something around the 7:50 mark isn't out of the question. What is out of the question is the opportunity to buy the CSL. BMW has no plans to offer it to the public, and to that we say... fine. We'll wait for the twin-turbocharged V8 version coming in 2011.



[Source: Autocar via BMWBlog]


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      jackfreeman022
      • 5 Years Ago
      welcom to website>>>> www.globai2biz.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn... that must be a blast to drive. I suppose the stroker motor means a lower redline... which is kind of a shame (if you've ever caned an M5 up to redline, might understand where I'm coming from) but the extra 70+hp should more than make up for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And yet we'll never know because they're greedy bastards.... haha
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool paint job, the E60 always looked to high off the ground for some reason, but I just want to drive that one on the Autobahn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sweet car, stupid stripes. really kind of a silly exercise though, given the weight benefits that will come with the turbocharged v8 model. it'll save at least 110 lbs, AND have five seats!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its awesome that they actually takes the time to do something like this!

      As said before in this thread, CSL in its original sentence is Coupe, meaning two doors, not four. Removing the backseat is not coupe... Especially when using the colour scheme from the historic CSL, then its way wrong...

      I guess I made it better than BMW themselves this time. Look for yourselves:

      http://www.mye28.com/viewtopic.php?t=67418

      Altought its based upon a E28 body...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awwwww...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ring Taxi
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um... shouldn't it be SSL?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is pretty nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car and am pretty sure it makes an eye-watering sound, but doesn't CSL stand for Coupe Sports Lightweight?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Winner winner, chicken dinner!
        • 5 Years Ago
        well it has 2 seats. does that count?
        • 5 Years Ago
        (shrugs shoulders)

        Eh, if Mercedes could get away with a four-door coupe, why not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Normally I love the M tricolor stripes, but when applied like that, I can't help but to think "Aquafresh"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      As an owner of two "M" vehicles and a huge bimmer fan, this is looks ridiculous. Hopefully they will rescue the styling of BMW's in the future like they did with the new Z4. Here's to hoping the next M5 will look lightyears better than this styling atrocity.
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