BMW South Africa has confirmed a limited number of the all-new M4 CSL is heading to SA. The local arm of the Bavarian brand says 15 units (of the 1 000 available globally) have been set aside for our market.
Revealed with “next-level” power, an “intelligent” lightweight design, and model-specific chassis upgrades, the 3.0-litre inline-six motor powering the next-generation M4 CSL is endowed with 405 kW and 650 Nm of torque, available from 6 250 r/min and 2 750 r/min, respectively. BMW claims the special-edition model blasts to 100 km/h from a standstill in 3.7 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 10.7 seconds before topping out at 307 km/h.
In addition, when tested on the 20.832 km Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, the M4 CSL completed a lap of the ‘Green Hell’ in 7 minutes 20.207 seconds. On the 20.6 km track, the two-seater coupé registered a time of 7 minutes 15.677 seconds.
The chassis has received several updates tailored to the turbocharged petrol engine’s performance. The front strut braces have been developed from scratch. The limited-edition M also features adaptive M suspension and M Carbon ceramic brakes. It is equipped with forged M light-alloy wheels, measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches at the rear.
The interior features M Carbon bucket seats, an M Alcantara steering wheel, an anthracite-trimmed headliner and carbon-fibre finishes. There’s a fire extinguisher and a duo of racing helmets, too. Reminding the driver that this is a special M, there are myriad “CSL” logos found inside.