First BMW 3.0 CSL Delivered To Owner, 49 To Go

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This limited edition model is said to be five times more expensive than the model it is based on, the M4 CSL.

BMW has handed the keys to the first of the 50 owners of the reborn 3.0 CSL. The new owner received his BMW 3.0 CSL at the BMW Welt in Munich, paying a rumored $780,000 just to get behind the wheel of the brand's most powerful inline-six ever.

Powering the BMW 3.0 CSL is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine, which the Bavarian automaker claims churns out 552 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the model it is based on, the M4 CSL, the new model makes 10 more horsepower, sending power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

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But the powertrain isn't the only bit the new owner can enjoy. One of the factors why the BMW 3.0 CSL carries a hefty price tag is the extensive production process. From the Alpine White base color to the livery stripes that pay homage to the 3.0 CSL Batmobile, the production team invested so much time and effort to refine the vehicle.

Only 50 BMW 3.0 CSL units are being made to celebrate BMW M's 50th anniversary late last year. It is being produced at BMW's Dingolfing plant in Germany, and each unit will take three months to complete.

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We can expect BMW to come up with more low-volume cars like the 3.0 CSL and the one-off Concept Touring Coupe unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2023. According to BMW Group's Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk, it is "good for the brand to have some products that are lower volume. It adds something to the brand."

The low-volume BMW 3.0 CSL is said to cost five times more than the model it is based on. But even if you can afford it, you can't have one if you live in the states as the limited vehicle won't be street-legal in America. In an official comment CarBuzz received from the automaker, the "3.0 CSL is not homologated for the US."


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