2003 BMW E46 M3 CSL RHD HK Supplied
It’s simple and here’s the recipe: Take a regular E46 M3 “Coupe”, add some “Sport” parts, then “Lighten” the whole package. The result, the CSL (3053 LB) is 240 LB lighter than a regular M3. Weight saving came from removing sound insulation, replacing electric seats with racing buckets. You can even opt-out the air-condition and stereo system.
The handling of the car has been vastly improved. The entire suspension system is reworked with special springs and dampers. Most noticeable is the quicker steering ratio and the improved programming of the ultra-fast Single Clutch SMG II Sequential Transmission. The brakes are from the E39 M5, but on the car I tested, the brakes are further improved by using AP 6 Pots Front Brakes. The engine in the CSL has been tuned to produce over 350HP. This is due to the use of sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake with carbon fibre manifold, a refinement of the exhaust manifold, and slightly different exhaust valves.
Wait, there is more. Carbon fibre reinforced polymer aerodynamic body parts were installed to produce more down force at high speed. There is even a hole on the front bumper to re-direct cold air to the carbon fibre intake manifold (which is so beautifully made, it could be considered an art piece).
Finally the 19” wheel and tire combo, along with Michelin Sport Cup tire completed the M3 CSL package.
The result? Astonishing! The M3 CSL lapped the Nurburgring at 7 minutes and 50 seconds. Of course I suspect the ultra grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires contributed a lot to shave lap time, but hey, the time is a whopping 32 seconds faster than a regular M3. To put things in perspective, this lap time is faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 and a Ferrari F430 F1. Furthermore the M3 CSL is very rare, in fact only 1,400 cars were ever produced, making it one of the most desirable and collectable BMW on the market.
- LayoutFront Engined
- AspirationNormally Aspirated
- Power 355 bhp
- Torque 273 lbs/ft
- Top speed 155 mph
- Acceleration0 to 62 in 4.9 s
- Driven wheelsRear Wheel Drive
- Body typeCoupe
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