The current E92 BMW M3's V8 engine is a glorious powerplant, a testament to all that is good and wonderful about internal combustion. But I'll always have a soft spot for the straight six in the old E46 M3. There's just something right about it.
The BMW M3 CSL doesn't do drift days; it lets its tail hang out whenever and wherever it pleases. Last August, a CSL opted to go slightly sideways of the racing line at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
“The CSL is magnificent. Like the Isle of Man, it’s a thorn in the side of the nanny state. […] It’s BMW at its absolute best.”
Many purists consider the German-market BMW M3 CSL the pinnacle of the marque. Lightweight, powerful, purposeful. Its worth's been proven as the brand new, 450-hp, $170,000 BMW M3 GTS has bested it by merely two seconds 'round the Nürburgring.
BMW is working on a follow up to the E46 CSL, applying the same approach to an E90 chassis. Like its predecessor, the 2010 BMW M3 CSL will drop standard equipment for weight savings and boost power. More details after the jump.