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2003 - 2004
BMW M3 CSL
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Specs
Metric   Imperial
 
General
Class Track Focused
Body 2 Door 4 Seat
Coupe
Layout Front Engine
Rear Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Semi Auto
Number Built 1400 
Engine
Type Conventional
Details 6 cyl
Capacity
198 in3 
Max Power
360 bhp @7900rpm 
Max Torque
290 lb/ft @4900rpm 
Power to Weight
251 bhp/ton 
Torque to Weight
202 lbft/ton 
Specific Output 111 bhp/litre 
Compression 11.5:1 
Bore x Stroke
3.43 X 3.58 in 
Fuel Cons
24 mpg 
Emissions  
Performance
Top Speed
155 mph 
0 - 30 mph
2.0 sec 
0 - 60 mph
4.6 sec 
0 - 100 mph
10.9 sec 
0 - 124 mph
15.4 sec 
0 - 186 mph
 
30 - 70 mph
4.0 sec 
Standing qtr Mile
13.2sec @111mph 
60 - 0 mph
105 ft 
0 - 100 - 0 mph
15.3 sec 
Ring Lap Time 7 min 50 sec 
Lateral Accn 1.15 g 
Drag Cd  
Dimensions
Length
176.9 in 
Width
76.7 in 
Height
54.0 in 
Weight
3218 lbs 
Wheels (F/R) 8.5 X 19
9.5 X 19 
Tyres (F/R) 225/35 19
265/30 19 
Fuel Capacity
13.9 gal 
Pricing (2017)
New Price £n/a
Used Price £60000 - £70000
 
Profile

For those who believed the 'standard' E46 M3 wasn’t fast enough, BMW created the hardcore track oriented CSL. Stripped of superfluous luxuries such as climate control, electric seats and a stereo, the Nurburgring honed ‘Coupe Sports Lightweight’ became an even more focused drivers car. Handling and response were much sharper thanks to an extra 17bhp and a 110kg weight saving and the adoption of racing dampers and a quick steering ratio. To complete the effect, BMW's SMG sequential gear shift was fitted as standard and a truly inspiring race car roar from the 3.2 litre 360bhp engine was included free of charge!

Around 1,400 CSLs were produced during it’s brief 2 year production span, finding universal approval from the motoring press. The stock M3 had been criticised for gaining too much weight in it’s middle age, the CSL addressed that mid life crisis!


Ratings
 
Overall Rating Money No Object Bargain Rating BHP/£ (x1000)
75% 76% 6% 6
Ranks 162 of 788 Ranks 216 of 788 Ranks 210 of 788 Ranks 287 of 788

Rivals
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TVR Tuscan

(2000 - 2005)


Honda NSX Type-R

(2002 - 2004)


Noble M12 GTO 3R

(2003 - 2007)
 


Porsche 911 GT3 (996.2)

(2003 - 2007)

Variants
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M3 (E46)

(343 bhp)


M3 CSL

(360 bhp)

Lineage
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M3 CSL

(2003 - 2004)
  

M4 GTS

(2016 - date)

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