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BMW M4 Getting ‘Exclusive Special-Edition Model’ Later This Year


BMW had a banner yr in 2021. The German automaker set a gross sales report with 2.2 million vehicles and SUVs offered all over the world, a rise of 9.1 % from 2020. Apparently, neither careworn financial conditions nor chip shortages prevented BMW consumers from splurging on new automobile purchases, however there may very well be a number of who wished they waited only one extra yr. Something particular from the M workplaces in Munich is now confirmed for later this yr.

To be clear, this is not an official affirmation for the M4 CSL. Buried deep in BMW’s press launch about its report gross sales yr is an easy point out of “an exclusive special-edition model based on the new BMW M4 Coupe.” It’s a short teaser within the final half of a sentence coming on the finish of a paragraph, nevertheless it’s vital as a result of that is the primary time BMW has made an official acknowledgment {that a} particular M4 variant is coming. 

That mentioned, how might it not be the M4 CSL? We’ve seen quite a few spy photographs of an M4 with an aggressive entrance fascia, new aspect skirts, and a ducktail spoiler. The spoiler is a key function that ties to the E46 M3 CSL from 2004, so whereas this “special-edition model” nonetheless is not an official affirmation of a brand new model, it is doubtless as shut as we’ll get till BMW drops an official press launch telling us all about it.

When that occurs, we’re anticipating to see extra carbon fiber to assist cut back the M4’s mass. We’re additionally anticipating suspension upgrades to fine-tune the efficiency coupe for even larger monitor efficiency. Under the hood, the boosted 3.0-liter inline-six might have as a lot as 550 horsepower (410 kilowatts), channeled solely to the rear wheels by means of an eight-speed automated transmission. It seems most unlikely a handbook possibility will likely be out there.

Rumors have pointed to a summer time 2022 debut for the CSL, and with BMW’s official acknowledgment of one thing particular coming this yr, that timeframe appears doubtless. When the covers do lastly elevate, anticipate a really restricted manufacturing run of presumably as few as 1,000 models.

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