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The 2023 BMW M4 CSL: What You Need to Know



The 2023 BMW M4 CSL - What You Need to Know

For years, the BMW M3 was the first thought that came to mind when anyone mentioned “sports sedan.” Along with its high-performance and high-tech features, The M3 delivered driver engagement and involvement that could compete with cars costing twice as much. In fact, it was one of the best examples of a true all-around performance car ever created, and for many years there wasn’t anything quite like it.

But now, times have changed and so has BMW’s M3. This new generation is packed with even more power and hi-tech features than ever before but lacks some of its predecessor’s core strengths: driver engagement and involvement. That said, BMW seems to be aware of this and plans on giving us an even faster version in just a few short years: the 2023 BMW M4 CSL.

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL Will Arrive in Late 2022

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL will be ready for sales. The M4 CSL is built as one of the most track-focused of all the M4s. The M4 CSL will have an aggressive body kit with carbon fiber elements and huge 22-inch wheels wrapped in sticky rubber, plus air intakes integrated into front fenders and an adjustable rear spoiler, all of which help give this hot rod a distinctly race-inspired appearance.

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is a Lighter

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL - What You Need to Know

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The 2023 BMW M4 CSL is lighter, that is more tailored, and more track-focused version of the standard M4. The car is powered by a 600-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels through an electronic limited-slip differential.

The CSL stands for Competition Sport Lightweight, and it was developed to compete with Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS high-performance models during their heyday. The track-focused nature of the car necessitated some changes to its exterior design: there are large air intakes in front that help cool down parts like brakes and engine oil; there are no fenders on either side (they’re integrated into the bodywork), and there’s also no rear wing because it wouldn’t provide any benefit while driving on a track.

Also notable is how thin each wheel looks from above thanks to ultra-wide tires (245/35 ZR19 front/295/30 ZR20 rear) that give this supercar approachable handling characteristics despite its 3,900 lb curb weight (with driver).

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL will come exclusively as a coupe and with rear-wheel drive

The M4 CSL will be available exclusively as a coupe, with rear-wheel drive. The M4 will have no convertible, wagon, or AWD option. The car is going to be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine that produces 592 hp at 6,500 rpm and 553 lb-ft torque at 1,800 to 4,500 RPM.

The M4 CSL will feature an adjustable Coilover suspension system with three settings (Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus) in addition to forged 19-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 245/35 front and 285/30 rear; the front axle’s steering knuckles are also wider than those on other M4 models for better steering response and stability at speed on the track.

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL will come with a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine

Like the standard M4, the 2023 BMW M4 CSL will come with a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. But it will make more power than its lesser sibling, 469 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque compared to 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that can be shifted via paddle shifters or steering wheel-mounted buttons or by letting your right foot do all the work through launch control.

The car’s suspension is also lowered over standard models, though it keeps the same adaptive dampers as on the base model (and even allows for an adjustable ride height). It also gets bigger carbon-ceramic brakes than other models in BMW’s lineup thanks to their slotted rotors measuring 15 inches up front and 14 inches outback. The 19-inch wheels are made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic so they’re not only lighter than standard aluminum wheels but also allow for better brake cooling when needed most during spirited driving sessions.

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL comes with loads of performance Tech 

The 2023 BMW M4 CSL will come with a carbon-fiber roof, hood, and front splitter. It will also feature carbon-ceramic brakes and wheels. The latter is a first for the M4 and it’s a direct consequence of the car’s weight loss program: all the usual performance parts have been replaced by lighter versions made from carbon fiber or titanium (for example, there’s no steel subframe anymore), while the high-performance tires are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s instead of Pirellis. This results in an astonishing weight reduction of over 100kg compared to its predecessor at 1,500kg total curb weight (1,602lbs).

In Conclusion

Well, it’s a BMW M car you can bank on that. It will be fast, fun to drive, and stylish enough to get you noticed. And with all the technology that they are including in this model if it lives up to its promises (and we have every reason to believe it will), then the 2023 M4 CSL might just be the best-handling track car ever made available to mere mortals like you and me.

It’s hard not to get excited about an $80K car with a top speed of 199 mph and 0-60 times under 3 seconds. But what makes this most exciting for me personally is how much effort BMW has put into making sure no one gets hurt behind the wheel of their new supercar. They want everyone who drives it (or even rides in it) to make it home safe at night.

Kevin Afoma Onwuagbanusi is a freelance writer and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (BEng.) and Masters in Accounting (MSc) with 8+ years of experience writing across several niches, with a remarkable likeness to crypto, and personal finances, automotive, games, and technology.