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ASIZ­ZLING BMW M3 with a light­weight body and a CSL badge is not go­ing to make it into pro­duc­tion.

There was a CSL in the pre­vi­ous M3 pro­gram, and it pi­o­neered the car­bon-fi­bre roof now fit­ted to the reg­u­lar M3 coupe.

How­ever, BMWMis now push­ing ahead on other fronts, in­clud­ing the CS su­per­car.

The CS, sim­i­lar in size to the 7 Se­ries limou­sine, is still two years away from show­rooms. It has been dis­played at a range of high­pro­file mo­tor shows, in­clud­ing Syd­ney.

It’s al­most cer­tain to wear an 8 Se­ries badge and have a V12 un­der the bon­net.

The CS is one of only two cars be­ing de­vel­oped by theM divi­sion which is not di­rectly de­rived from a BMW pro­duc­tion donor model. The other is the M1 Hom­mage Con­cept, a show spe­cial that pays trib­ute to the orig­i­nal M1 su­per­car built 30 years ago.

Mboss Lud­wig Wil­lisch says the new fast-shift­ing, fuel-sav­ing, dou­ble-clutch se­quen­tial gear­box now be­ing used in the M3 is so good it may— even­tu­ally— spell the end of man­ual trans­mis­sions in­M­mod­els.

‘‘It is re­ally up to what our cus­tomers want. If they still want a stick shift and change gears man­u­ally, then we will still of­fer it,’’ he says.

Wil­lisch be­lieves the M-DCT gear­box is smoother and more ef­fi­cient than any other gear­box.

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