CSL BADGE PUT BACK ON SHELF
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.