The M3 CSL can quite reasonably claim to be possibly the greatest M road car ever made. The standard E46 M3 was already a masterpiece of engineering, with near perfect weight distribution, the most powerful normally aspirated engine ‘per cc’ ever made (and winner of multiple awards) and handling to flatter even the most frivolous of drivers. The CSL just crowned it all off. With an amazing 10% weight saving – by the use of carbon fibre panels (roof, valences, engine components, bumpers and interior) – and a centre of gravity downshift – as well as an increase in horse power from 343 to 365, the CSL wrote the book on how to squeeze every drop of goodness from an already supremely accomplished sports coupe. With hindsight, the CSL is easily the high point of BMW Motorsport, before the bean-counters and EU joy vampires finally got their way. With only 422 RHD CSLs produced for the UK market – many of which had a pretty energetic first few years – the number of truly collector quality examples available is probably only now in double figures, and we’ve seen most of them.
This particular silver-grey CSL is evidently an extremely well looked after example, having been the pride and joy of the previous keeper for many years prior to the car passing to his brother.
The interior, bodywork and engine bay are all in excellent condition, the car feels firm and planted on the road, pulling exactly as a low mileage CSL should, with a crisp, precise gear change and that perfect, on the apex steering.
Our workshop team have carried out a rigorous inspection of the car and have identified a few items that will be taken care of before the new owner takes possession – standard mechanical items – but overall consider this car to be of an extremely high standard, and one which we would not hesitate to recommend.
To arrange a viewing (by appointment only please) or to find out more, please contact our showroom team on 01825 740456 or email@example.com