2023 BMW M4 CSL unveiled, priced for Australia – UPDATE

The Competition/Coupe Sport Lightweight badge is back… again. Meet the new M4 CSL, the stripped-down, 405 kW turbocharged hero version of BMW’s popular performance coupe.


UPDATE, May 20, 2022, 3:00 PM: The 2023 BMW M4 CSL will arrive in Australia from the fourth quarter of 2022, priced from $303,900 plus on-road costs – nearly double the price of the M4 Competition ($165,500).

It is unclear exactly how many cars are on their way to our market. Our original story continues below.

April 20, 2022, 9:00 am: BMW M has revived one of its most respected nameplates for the second time in two decades for the 50th anniversary of the performance division, with the new 2023 BMW M4 CSL



The application of the CSL badge (now Competition Sport Lightweight) on the M4 is only the third time in history, after the ‘E9’ 3.0 CSL coupes of the 1970s and the ‘E46’ M3 CSL coupes of 2004 – distinguishing a stripped-down, souped-up BMW model designed for maximum performance.

Appealing to the L in M4 CSL is a 100kg weight saving, thanks to the deletion of the rear seat (which reduces 21kg alone), among other upgrades – although at 1625kg it is 80kg heavier than a standard version of the previous generation 2014 -20 M4 and 285 kg heavier than the E46 M3 CSL.

Weight has also been saved with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic for the hood, trunk lid and roof (11 kg saved), reduced sound deadening (15 kg), lighter full M Carbon bucket seats at the front (24 kg) and a titanium muffler that saves 4 kg .



New 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, lighter carbon-ceramic brakes and “special” springs and struts save a combined 21 kg, with a further four kilograms of “detail adjustments” to the front grilles, taillights, floor mats and automatic climate control system .

The M4 CSL stands out from its standard road siblings with a hardcore carbon fiber body kit, which includes a new front splitter, extended side skirts and pinched diffuser, plus a ‘ducktail’ spoiler on the boot lid and a new, lightweight ‘kidney grille’. grille inserts.

Red accents are applied to the grille, splitter, aprons and brake calipers, while a stripe package can be selected, with red details on the roof and bonnet. BMW M’s 50th Anniversary badges are standard, while Frozen Brooklyn Grey, Alpine White or Sapphire Black paintwork is available.



A new pair of laser headlamps have also been fitted, with yellow daytime running lights inspired by race cars, including BMW’s own M4 GT3 – as well as last year’s special edition M5 CS sedan – plus new taillights with woven LED light wires, a road car first.

Under the hood is a famous 3.0-litre twin-turbo ‘S58’ inline-six shared with the regular M3 and M4 ranges, although increased boost pressure increases output to 405kW and 650 Nm – an increase of 30 kW, representing the highest power of any mid-sized BMW car.

Despite a focus on weight savings, power is sent to the rear wheels via a eight-speed automatic with torque converter transmission, which weighs 25kg more than BMW’s six-speed manual, although the three-pedal gearbox cannot support the CSL’s higher torque.



However, rumors suggest that a limited-run M4 ‘GT/H’ (GT/Hommage or GT/Homologation) is in the works for launch later this year, combining a version of the M4 CSL engine with a manual transmission, new forged wheels, and several comfort features removed.

BMW claims a 0-100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds for the M4 CSL and a 0-200 km/h time of 10.7 seconds for an electronically limited top speed of 307 km/h.

Underneath, chassis upgrades include unique engine mounts, reworked suspension and steering geometry, new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, variable-ratio steering and adaptive dampers that deliver an eight millimeter ride height drop compared to an M4 Competition.



The wheel arches are filled with 19-inch forged alloy wheels at the front and 20-inch rear – identical diameters to the regular M4 Competition, although they are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2R track tires as standard, with 275/5 front and 285/30 rear profiles.

Carbon ceramic brake discs are fitted as standard. The rigidity of the chassis is enhanced by a larger under-hood bracket, plus additional support at the bottom.

With the help of a re-tuned 10-speed M Traction Control system, the M4 CSL is the fastest production BMW on Germany’s Nürburgring circuit, with a time of seven minutes 20.207 seconds around the official 20.832km layout .

Around the 20,632km layout often mentioned before 2018, the CSL recorded a lap of seven minutes and 15,677 seconds – 12 seconds faster than its predecessor, the 2016 M4 GTS track special, and two seconds faster than a current Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Inside, lightweight has continued with the aforementioned full M Carbon bucket seats up front – a step up from the carbon bucket seats available in the standard M4 – plus a rear seat removal, with room for racing helmets (or other luggage) in the second row seat. .

While the front seats cut 24kg compared to a standard M4 saddle, they’re not for road trips; height can only be adjusted with a screw connection in a workshop and the backrest angle is fixed.



Like all recent CS-badged BMWs, the M4 CSL gets a new center tunnel, which in the name of weight savings replaces the console box with an abundance of carbon fiber trim, a small palm rest for the infotainment and gear levers, and a small open storage compartment.

Drivers grab an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with carbon fiber accents and are confronted by a trim that combines black leather and Alcantara, with red accents across the stitching, seat bolsters and seat-mounted CSL plates.

Despite being a lightweight special, the M4 CSL doesn’t compromise on luxury, with a 10.25-inch center screen, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, wireless phone charging, head-up display, automatic climate control and automatic parking as standard or an option.

Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, parking sensors and cruise control – although the latter system doesn’t offer adaptive radar technology like the larger M5 CS.

Production of the 2023 BMW M4 CSL will begin in July, with just 1000 units rolling off the production line – an increase from the 803 ‘F82’ M4 GTS models built in 2016 and the 150 ‘E92’ M3 GTS cars in 2010, but fewer than the 1383 ‘E46’ M3 CSLs.

A select number of cars will go to Australia at the end of 2022, priced from $303,900 plus road use charges – nearly double that of a standard BMW M4 Competition, priced from $165,500 plus road use charges.



Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular contributing journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from browsing car magazines as a young age to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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