Looks like we’ll just have to make do with the new M3 and M4.
When BMW sticks the M badge on a car it usually means business. When you see a CSL badge it signifies that particular Bimmer is even more mental. You can understand our sadness, then, when we heard the M3 and M4 CSL are a no-go.
When asked by Top Gear what Bimmer fans are likely to be whining about over the next two years, BMW product manager for small to medium cars, Matt Collins, said: “They’re whining about [a new CSL] now. At the moment though, there are no plans on a CSL. Or anything like a CSL either.”
The reason? “There wasn’t a CSL on the previous generation, and the way we look at it is like this: the CSL was great because it had this real focus on lightweight engineering. But we’ve already done that with these new cars,” Collins continued. “We’ve made them as light as possible ─ they come in under 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds), which for a car like this is incredible.”
“So we’ve no plans whatsoever to make a lighter, harder version just yet,” he added.
For the uninitiated, the E46 M3 CSL was the last CSL BMW produced. It was basically a lighter and therefore faster, scarier version of an already lairy car. Suffice to say, it was a winner, which is why the mere mention of those three letters sends most BMW fans into a frenzy.
While that answer sounds a bit of a cop-out, the 1,497kg M3 and M4 offer oodles of performance. The 3.0-litre M TwinPower Turbo engine, which replaces the thirstier 4.0-litre V8, outputs 431bhp and 550Nm of torque, giving it a 0 to 62mph time of 4.3 seconds with the 6-speed manual or 4.1 seconds with the M DCT automatic. Both cars top out at 155mph.
The new BMW M3 Saloon and M4 Coupe starts from £56,175 and £56,635, respectively, and will go on sale in June 2014.