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Thread: BMW New Six (E9) 3.0 CSL 1971-1975

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    BMW New Six (E9) 3.0 CSL 1971-1975

    BMW 3.0 CSL

    Introduced in May 1972, the 3.0 CSL was a homologation special built to make the car eligible for racing in the European Touring Car Championship. 1,265 were built.

    The "L" in the designation meant leicht (light), unlike in other BMW designations, where it meant lang (long). The lightness was achieved by using thinner steel to build the unit body, deleting the trim and soundproofing,[8] using aluminium alloy doors, bonnet, and boot lid, and using Perspex side windows.[7] The five hundred 3.0 CSLs exported to the United Kingdom were not quite as light as the others, as the importer had insisted on retaining the soundproofing, electric windows, and stock E9 bumpers on these cars. The CSL was not sold in the United States.

    Initially using the same engine as the 3.0 CS, the 3.0 CSL was given a very small increase in displacement to 3,003 cc (183.3 cu in) by increasing the engine bore by one quarter of a millimetre to 89.25 mm (3.51 in). This was done in August 1972 to allow the CSL to be raced in the "over three litre" racing category, allowing for some increase in displacement in the racing cars. In 1973, the engine in the 3.0 CSL was given another, more substantial increase in displacement to 3,153 cc (3.2 L; 192.4 cu in) by increasing the stroke to 84 mm (3.31 in), rated at 206 PS (203 hp; 152 kW) at 5600 rpm and 286 N⋅m (211 lb⋅ft) at 4200 rpm of torque.
    This final version of the 3.0 CSL was homologated in July 1973 along with an aerodynamic package including a large air dam, short fins running along the front fenders, a spoiler above and behind the trailing edge of the roof, and a tall rear wing.[13] The rear wings were not installed at the factory, but were left in the boot for installation after purchase. This was done because the wings were illegal for use on German roads. The full aero package earned the racing CSLs the nickname "Batmobile".

    The CSL competed in Group 2 form in the European Touring Car Championship, with CSL drivers winning the Drivers title six times in the years 1973 and 1975 to 1979.[16] The CSL also competed in Group 5 Special Production guise, winning three rounds of the 1976 World Championship for Makes. In FIA Group 4 spec, notably when driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck (car featured in Enthusia Professional Racing), they competed against racing versions of the Porsche 911 and Ford Capri with some success.
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    i found one pic.....
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    got a few, but both are non-original CSL's
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    Mmmm i lurve that car, saw one on the road a few months back and i coudlnt beliece it
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    Guys, I think you're going to find that these are not 3.0 CSLs and are most likely 3.2 or 3.5 CSLs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    Guys, I think you're going to find that these are not 3.0 CSLs and are most likely 3.2 or 3.5 CSLs.
    As I said they were originally 3.0 CSL's, but may have been later upgraded
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    THats a nice car there! I love it.

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    Bmw 3.0 Csl #5
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    i cant believe my eyes!
    is that the m power color scheme?!?
    is it? !! !! !!

    ive been looking for that race color!


    thanks lfb666 , Henk!

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    Can i get specs on this car(s)?
    some o mine
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    I have one pic with some specs , may you complete it?
    http://www.swaqvalley.com/Blueprints...MW_3.0_CSL.jpg
    sorry for the second pic , it's an invalid type of files and I don't know how I can correct it
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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4
    As I said they were originally 3.0 CSL's, but may have been later upgraded
    i thought the 3.5 litres were still named the 3.0csl. Some ot thes pictures may be the 3.0cs or 3.0csi and of course the 3.0csl
    3.0 litre coupe, sport, light weight = 3.0csl

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    That is such a Badass car
    Pulling CV's

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukehow
    i thought the 3.5 litres were still named the 3.0csl. Some ot thes pictures may be the 3.0cs or 3.0csi and of course the 3.0csl
    3.0 litre coupe, sport, light weight = 3.0csl
    All of the street cars were still called 3.0 CSL. However, the racers were usually called just CSL but were differentiated by their engine size of 3.2 up to 3.5 I believe.
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    Bmw 3.0 Csl #8:
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