Recently, photos have surfaced displaying the M4 CSL development vehicle with a partial camouflage wrap that covers the front facia and rear of the car.
It appears that the car will receive a duckbill rear spoiler, front lip, and redesigned front grilles among other things. BMW’s previous M cars sporting the CSL (coupe, sport, and lightweight) have been designed with the automotive purist in mind. These cars – as the name suggests – are sportier, lightweight versions of the standard M models. According to Ex-BMW M Division CEO Markus Flasch, the M4 will have to lose over 100 kg to live up to ‘CSL standards.’ The 2021 G82 M4 weighs just less than 2 tonnes, but the M4 CSL will most likely weigh around 1800 kg. Rumors suggest that the rear seats will be removed, too.
The car will keep the 3, 0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six (S58) found in the current M4. There has been no mention of any significant changes to the M4’s powertrain; however, figures could be slightly higher than the “regular” M4. The duckbill sporting M4 is expected to produce somewhere in the region of 410 kW that will be sent directly to the rear wheels. Unfortunately, there has been no mention of any switch to a manual transmission yet, and so the rear-wheel-drive M4 CSL will most likely continue with the ubiquitous8-speed torque-converter automatic from ZF.
Regardless of price, the CS and CSL derivatives of BMW’s top performance models have a reliable track record of improving an already perfect car. The 2022 BMW M4 CSL will undoubtedly be one of the firm’s fiercest and most notable additions to its lineup thus far.