After a short teaser campaign, BMW has finally lifted the covers off the next-generation M4 CSL. The box-fresh model boasts “next-level” power, an “intelligent” lightweight design, and model-specific chassis upgrades. 


BMW says the “stripped-back” racing character of the CSL (Competition, Sport, Lightweight)-badged M4 is underpinned by a time-honoured concept that harnasses “cutting-edge” development expertise and technology to create an “enthralling” result. 

Based on the same high-revving six-cylinder petrol engine found in the M4 GT3 race car, the M4 CSL’s “model-specific” turbocharged 3.0-litre motor produces 405 kW and 650 Nm of torque, available from 6 250 r/min and 2 750 r/min, respectively. The German marque claims the M4 CSL sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.7 seconds. The 0-200 km/h sprint takes a claimed 10.7 seconds. 

Outside, the new iteration is finished in exclusive Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic paint. There are various exposed carbon-fibre trim bits and red accents “to create a visually expressive appearance of sporting purity”. Compared to the standard M4, the CSL features unique body components.

First seen in the teaser images, the M4 CSL’s headlamps illuminate yellow. The rear lamps feature world-first tech for a series-production car. The glass housings of the taillamps feature “intricate” light threads woven into them using laser tech. 

The chassis has received a handful of upgrades tailored to the inline-six’s performance. The front strut braces have been developed from scratch. The special edition M also features adaptive M suspension and M Carbon ceramic brakes. The M4 CSL is fitted with forged M light-alloy wheels, measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches at the rear. 

The two-seater’s interior features M Carbon bucket seats, M Alcantara steering wheel, an anthracite-trimmed headliner and carbon-fibre finishes. There’s a fire extinguisher and a duo of racing helmets, too.