The legend returns, at last.
The BMW M4 has been making waves all around the world following its release earlier this year. Whatever you think of the styling, there's no doubt that the sports car is highly capable. But no matter how good an M4 may be, we want it to be better. We've already considered what it could look like as a GTS model, but the moniker we really want to see return is the CSL name. Fanatics of BMW M have been clamoring for the return of the legend for years, and last month we came the closest we've ever been to official confirmation of its revival. Now, our photographers have caught a hardcore M4 testing, and the sum of all its parts seems to add up to a CSL variant. coming next year.
Two different examples have been spotted, with one totally covered in camo and another exposing parts of the Frozen Portimao Blue paint underneath. But before we speculate about what might be fitted, let's go over what we can see. The suspension appears to be lower and those gold brake calipers indicate carbon-ceramic brakes have been fitted. These are framed by a new design of wheel that will probably be lighter than anything currently on offer. The rear of the car reveals some sexy coloring on the exhaust, suggesting that the system is made of titanium. The diffuser is bigger too, and the front seems to have gained a meaty spoiler for better front-end downforce as well.
Now for the subtle details. The car with its paint exposed also has a half cage in the back, taking up the space where the rear seats once were. This was a trait that the E92 M3 GTS and subsequent F82 M4 GTS had, while the E46 M3 CSL did not have a cage. The photos of the totally covered M4 don't show a cage, but both vehicles have an upturned ducktail spoiler, as the E46 CSL did. This could mean a number of things. BMW may be testing the efficacy of the cage, or there could be a GTS model with a large wing coming alongside a CS model without one. However, we'd but our money on BMW giving us the CSL we always asked for. No wing, no excess complication, and special lightweight seats. Hopefully, we'll learn more soon.