(By Tom Lohnes) – About 10 years ago, BMW teased us with what looked like the return of the legendary 3.0 CSL, but it never came to be. The modern concept car carried all of the beautiful looks from the classic, but packed more modern features and luxuries into the chassis of the then-current M4. Since then, there have been countless rumors and false hopes, but a few days ago some spy shots of a mysteriously camo-ed 2-door BMW surfaced. Well, it appears that the return is legit this time.
BMW confirmed that at least three new M cars would debut in 2022. So far, the M3 Touring has debuted, and the new M2 is confirmed for a debut in a month or so. Well, BMW M also confirmed that their third new product would be something special, so it all starts to add up. Based on the current G82 BMW M4, the 3.0 CSL will use the mighty S58 twin-turbo inline-6 that is in the competition model, and it should have a tune that cranks horsepower up to about 600 and torque should rise to about 550. Power is confirmed to go exclusively the way to the rear wheels, and it is rumored that a 6-speed manual will be the only transmission option available. This should be the purest-driving M car since they went fully turbocharged in 2015. Also, it should be the best-looking M car since they went crazy with styling back in 2017.
Do you have $600,000? If so, you can buy a 3.0 CSL. I know, it’s a lot, but this is possibly the most special BMW made since the turn of the century. If you want one though, too bad. It hasn’t even debuted and is already 100% sold out.