One of only 422 right hand drive E46 M3 CSL’s produced for the 2004 model year. They were only available in two colours – Silver Grey or Black Sapphire Metallic and as its name suggests, an emphasis was on saving weight. The M3 CSL is 110 kg lighter than the regular M3. This was achieved by removing a large proportion of the M3’s sound insulation, along with the electric seats, and navigation systems. Air conditioning and stereo systems however were available as no cost options – this car has both. It also has Xenon Headlights and Automatic Windscreen Wiper Activation as factory options.
The CSL’s body is crafted from a combination of carbon fibre with glass reinforced plastics used for the structural points in the car. The rear glass window was replaced with lightweight plastic and the handling ability of the car was further improved by redesigning the entire suspension system and modifying the brakes.
A carbon fibre air intake, modified valve timing, exhaust system, and a retuned Engine Management System saw the power increased by 17 hp. The M3 CSL was only ever available with the SMG II gearbox. In essence the standard 6 speed manual gearbox actuated by a electrohydraulic clutch pedal that allowed changes to be made in 0.08 seconds!
The CSL’s aerodynamic lightweight body kit which included a larger and fully integrated rear spoiler, carbon fibre rear diffuser and front splitters all helped greatly to improve down force at high speeds. Further weight was saved by replacing the boot floor with a cardboard substitute. The CSL has distinct 19 inch lightweight forged BBS alloys.
The interior of the CSL has specially designed fibre glass racing bucket seats. The centre console, door cards are all carbon fibre and the steering wheel has just one button for the “M” track mode which reduces the traction control.
This example is in stunning condition and has only covered 30322 miles. It also has a full service history, including its all important 1200 mile running in service and has been fully inspected by our workshop.
For more information on this car, or to book a road test, which are strictly by appointment only, please do not hesitate to contact the showroom team on 01825 740456 or email email@example.com.