BMW M recently revealed the M4 CSL and the M3 Touring, while teasing the upcoming XM flagship performance SUV, but the celebrations for its 50th anniversary are not over yet. Following the latest rumors, BMW has officially confirmed that a new special M model is coming later this year.
As reported by BMW Blog, the news came during the public debut of the M3 Touring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Timo Resch, VP of Marketing at BMW M, confirmed they are working on “one more special M car which will be unveiled later this year”.
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The high-ranking official didn’t reveal more details about the mysterious model but the report strongly suggests it will be the rumored BMW 3.0 CSL. The spiritual successor to the E9 CSL “Batmobile” from the ‘70s will be based on the M4 CSL but feature a fully redesigned body, likely borrowing styling cues from the gorgeous 2015 BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept.
Unlike the all-wheel-drive M4 CSL that is exclusively available with an automatic gearbox, the latest information claim that the 3.0 CSL will come with a manual transmission, sending power to the rear axle. Furthermore, the twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine could be tuned to produce around 600 hp (447 kW / 608 PS), combined with a lower weight and a more aggressive suspension setup.
It is reported that production of the BMW 3.0 CSL will be limited to 50 units. Each model was believed to cost around €600,000 ($632,343), but new information suggests a more premium €750,000 ($790,496) price tag. At the moment it is not clear when we are going to see the new “Batmobile” but judging from BMW M’s strategy, a teaser campaign should be considered a given.