Lately we have been looking back at the different BMW M3 and BMW M4 models through the years. Today we want to continue this look at the legacy of the BMW M Series. For more information on the different M Series models at Otto’s BMW near Aston, stop by the dealership and talk with a member of their staff – they would love to assist you!
The 2001 BMW GTR was built to satisfy homologation rules so the racer could, race, the road car got a stiffer, sportier chassis setup, optimized aero, CFRP panels, and a lightweight interior. It also got 380bhp.
The E46 generation M3 was of course, the third generation to wear the M3 badge, and came as standard with a 3.2-litre engine producing 343bhp, and could sprint from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. All nice and lovely and stylish.
“But in 2003, BMW decided to resurrect the ‘CSL’ nameplate to make it nicer and lovelier. Yep, the E46 M3 CSL is one of the greats, with more power from that 3.2-litre straight-six (360bhp), and many lightweight body panels to strip the fat.” -topgear.com
The roof, centre console and door panels were all constructed using CFRP, it had a lighter, thinner rear window, and the air-con and stereo were junked.
As a result, BMW’s test runs at the Nürburgring returned a time of 7m 50s. All 1,383 CSLs were sold within a space of months. Find one, drive it once, and then store it for all time in a hermetically sealed box.
These are just a couple more of the great M3 models from through the years. For more information on any of the great BMW models, head to Otto’s BMW today. They would be more than happy to help you!