BMW M's 50th-anniversary celebrations continue right to the end of the year.
If you've lost all faith in BMW's design department after seeing the leaked images of the new BMW M2, we don't blame you. The styling appears to have been applied almost at random, and that's not even the end of the pain our eyes will endure. The XM SUV is soon to be revealed in production form, heralding the demise of BMW M as a truly performance-focused brand. But all is not lost. Not yet, anyway.
The Bavarians have already given us a taste of what they can do when they put some effort into the styling of a vehicle. The BMW M4 CSL is relatively handsome, and the upcoming 3.0 CSL special edition suggests that a limited-edition Bimmer may be able to save the brand from total embarrassment. Of course, we need to see it first to be sure, and according to recent reports, we won't have too long to wait.
BMW Blog, citing insider sources, has claimed that the 3.0 CSL will be revealed sometime in November. This fits with what we already know about the BMW M timeline for 2022. The XM SUV is expected to show its ghastly face before the end of this month (September), and the blocky G87 M2 will reportedly debut on the eve of October 12. Once BMW has put out fires and dealt with the backlash of the new M2's styling, the brand will apparently introduce the 3.0 CSL in the following month.
Perhaps the M3 CS will close the year out with a December reveal, but little has been revealed about the brutish sedan yet, and our sources expect that this will be unveiled in the new year.
But back to the 3.0 CSL - what can we expect?
BMW has given us almost no official communication on the matter, bar a couple of teaser images in an Instagram post. With that in mind, everything that follows here is based on rumors, conjecture, and observation. The price of the vehicle is said to be €750,000, a scandalous number for any Bimmer that is not the achingly gorgeous 507 roadster. Depending on exchange rates, that means anything from $720,000 to almost $800k.
But, you would be paying for something rare. Just 50 units are said to be heading to the production line, all of which will reportedly be assembled at Plant Munich in Germany. BMW Blog says that most have been spoken for already, with 30 said to be destined for European buyers and eight headed to Asia. It's unclear where the remaining 12 would go, but America won't be on the official list due to homologation issues. Curiously, the M4 CSL on which the 3.0 will be based is legal in the US.
As for the low-volume model's performance, the S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six will allegedly be boosted from 543 horsepower in the conventional CSL to 560 here. This will allow for a 0-62-mph time of just 3.5 seconds, which is mighty impressive when you consider that the 3.0 CSL will likely only be offered with a manual transmission and will only send its power to the rear axle. If these reports turn out to be true, BMW will have redeemed itself to some degree by creating something for enthusiasts to lust after, but of course, this is contingent on the styling turning out to be attractive.
Production is claimed to begin just after the reveal in November, with first deliveries slated for early 2023.