Top Gear shares their first thoughts of driving on the M4 CSL.
|This isn’t just a best-in-class BMW. The company has used “CSL” only three times in its entire history. The CSL badge is important, and it’s for highly discerning cars…
The last few hardcore M cars haven’t been deemed worthy, but now BMW says the time is right for a successor to the CSL dynasty. A road car, not a track car like modern GTS models: this is supposed to be less about lap times, and more about excitement. A 50th birthday gift to the M Division, it’s likely to be the last moment for the M as we know it, before electricity invades forever.
The numbers are impressive: 542 horsepower from the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine makes the M4 CSL capable of 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. But how will it perform compared to CSLs in the past, and can it live up to the badge? Here’s the first Larger engine from Speed Week 2022: Top Gear magazine’s mega-vehicle test.