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  BMW M3 CSL Concept

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2001
Introduced at:2001 Frankfurt Motor Show
Internal name:E46
Source:Company press release
Last updated:May 10, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionMaking its world debut at the 2001 Frankfurt Motorshow was the M3 CSL, BMW's lightweight, high performance concept car. Weighing 200 kg less than the standard BMW M3, this lightweight model has a power to weight ratio of 270 bhp per tonne compared to 229 bhp per tonne of the M3. This is an improvement of 18 per cent.

Carbon fibre has replaced the original materials used in the front air dam, the exterior mirror housing and roof, doors and rear lid. Racing-style bucket seats have also been introduced to reduce weight and carbon fibre reinforced plastic has replaced much of the centre console. A higher rear spoiler and rear end diffuser also distinguish this car from it production brother.

In addition the engine has been modified boosting maximum power to 350 bhp from 343 bhp for the standard M3. This concept model features BMW's Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG), which incorporates Formula One gearshift technology.

The M3 CSL has already proved itself at the gruelling Nürburgring completing a lap of the northern circuit in less than 8 minutes, beating its production counterpart by almost 30 seconds.

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