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The recent unveiling of the 2022 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe with optional xDrive all-wheel-drive is a major change for these formerly rear-wheel-drive-only vehicles. Adding AWD will help BMW sell its sportiest 3 and 4 Series models to more buyers who live in cold weather climates and can now drive their cars year-round. While the AWD M3 and M4 should be swift, BMW is working on something special for the drivers who aren't looking for a compliant daily driver and instead want something more track-focused.
We've spotted BMW testing a more hardcore M4 version, and the four-door M3 will likely receive a track-focused special as well. BMW's M Division has already hinted at plans to reveal a special car on its 50th birthday in 2022, possibly bringing back a name from its heritage. This new model was previously rumored to revive the Coupe Sport Lightweight (CSL) name last used on the E46 M3, but a recent patent filing has us thinking otherwise.
On May 7, 2021, BMW filed for two trademarks with the German DPMA. The first was for "Evo Sport", which may ring a bell for M3 aficionados. The E30 M3 historically had a special model called the Sport Evo (short for Sport Evolution), which was one of the rarest M3 special editions, with only 600 units produced as a Group A homologation car. This M3 variant (pictured below) was radically different from the standard car, only sharing its hood. It featured extreme changes like a wider track, upgraded struts, thinner glass, extra cooling ducts in place of fog lights, an adjustable rear wing, and a power increase. We believe these early trademarks could indicate a similar name is to be revived, or perhaps BMW could just be preventing someone else from snagging something too similar to its own historic nameplate.
Along with the "Evo Sport" name, BMW trademarked a new moniker, "Evo Track". Unlike the Evo Sport, the Evo Track name has never been used in any variation on a production BMW. Perhaps the Evo Sport could arrive as a track car for the street, while the Evo Track would be a track-only special for diehard enthusiasts.
This latest trademark throws a wrench into our previous assumption that BMW would bring back the CSL moniker after such a long hiatus. The previous-generation M3 and M4, as well as the new M5, have spawned CS variants, while the M4 also received a track-focused special edition called the GTS. BMW recently trademarked the name Rockingham, so it will be interesting to see which of these names (if any) see production.