BMW not planning CSL versions of the M4 (F82) Coupe and M3 (F80) Sedan

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 27, 2014

Back in December, BMW introduced the M4 (F82) Coupe and M3 (F80) Sedan, but the Web is already buzzing about lightweight versions of these vehicles. But we have bad news for you, folks! According to Top Gear, BMW will not built lightweight versions of the M4 (F82) Coupe and M3 (F80) Sedan. Apparently, the reason is simple: the old BMW E46 M3 CSL was build as a lighter version of the E46 M3, but the new M3 and M4 (F82) Coupe and M3 (F80) Sedan are already as light as they need to be.

As a result, there is no reason to built hardcore versions of these models. "There wasn't a CSL on the previous generation, and the way we look at it is like this: the CSL was great because it had this real focus on lightweight engineering. But we've already done that with these new cars. We've made them as light as possible - they come in under 1500 kilograms (3,306 pounds), which for a car like this is incredible," said Matt Collins, BMW's product manager for small to medium cars.”

"Rather than doing a halfway house to begin with and then rolling out a CSL, we thought we'd make the 'real' car as light as we possibly could. So we've no plans whatsoever to make a lighter, harder version just yet."

The new BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe are both powered by a new 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that generates 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque. 

With a weight of under 1,500 kgs (3,306 pounds), the new vehicles sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h (155 mph). At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, BMW also revealed that the M3 (F80) Sedan will be priced at $62,000, while the M4 (F82) Coupe will cost $64,200.

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