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BMW M3 GT4 – Click above for high-res image gallery

No three letters get Bimmer fans as riled up as CSL. The initials have historically been applied to lightweight, performance-focused versions of BMW's most extreme machinery. But while BMW isn't currently offering any CSL models for public consumption, the emergence of an M5 CSL and spy shots of a potential M3 CSL have Munich's followers frothing at the mouth.

The former turned out to be a one-of-a-kind special. But details on the latter are beginning to circulate, and they look promising. Firstly, sources suggest that the model won't wear the CSL designation at all, and instead be labeled either M3 GT or M3 GT4 Street, in reference to the homologated racing version.

First, the good stuff: the engine is tipped to be tuned in the neighborhood of 450 horsepower, give or take, driven exclusively through the 7-speed dual clutch transmission with no manual expected to be on offer. Stopping power is anticipated to come from Brembo 6-piston calipers up front and 4-pots in the rear gripping slotted steel discs, and while carbon-ceramics may be on the options list, the jury's still out on when BMW will roll out the production version of its F1-derived Kinetic Energy Recovery System, a.k.a. regenerative braking. Recaro buckets and the removal of the rear seats should help the M3 GT (or whatever it will be called) shed some 220 lbs of weight, sitting 25mm lower on BBS alloys mounted to a Sachs suspension with standard roll bars.

The prototype is said to have already lapped the Nurburgring in 7:40, with testing still underway in France. Targeting the Porsche 911 GT3, the hard-core M3 will be extremely limited in production – possibly as few as 25 examples annually – available directly from BMW Motorsport but certified for road use – at a price point hovering around 110,000 euros ($172k). Unfortunately, the signs suggest that it won't be making the transatlantic voyage Stateside. Thanks to Tim for the tip!

[Source: M3Post.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Do you guys realize that in Europe the M3 Coupe retails for 72,000 euros which is over $100,000.

      I wrote to autoblog about this already, when they put a price and then do a direct conversion to dollars. It never works.

      M3's don't sell for over $100,000 here in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this is some serious stuff.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OH C'MON !

        I was saving the $17k to buy this !

        wait what ? 170k ?? well i am better off with a corolla !!


      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't you just get a Porsche 911 GT3 for less?
        • 5 Years Ago
        because in the US this car would be a lot cheaper , the porsche GT3 RS is 145k Euros in Europe , that's around 203k US dollars
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone explain the purpose of this vehicle to me? I thought the regular M3 was the homologation model?
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why wouldn't you buy a honda civiv, 1.6 veetackk, it got like 10001 horsepowers, best driftar ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take an r8 for 170k tyvm.