BMW CSL badge will replace GTS on some models

Article by Christian A., on May 21, 2018

BMW has just announced that they will be changing up their nomenclature. Before you start complaining, it’s actually a good thing as it makes things simpler. Frankly, some of the brand’s naming rules don’t make sense. That they gave the 40i name to those with a 3.0 liter engine while the 30i cars are equipped with the smaller 2.0 liter engine makes us shake our heads. With the revisions, the German automaker will finally get rid of the generic GTS from its M cars and will add a more significant CSL instead.

A BMW spokesperson told The Drive last Sunday that the CSL, which actually means Coupe, Sport, Lightweight would replace the GTS on future models. These models are fitting to get a CSL version. In other words, we are likely not going to see CSL versions of BMW’s M-badged crossovers and SUV, says the spokesperson.

Rather, what we will get instead is a range of even hotter M coupes, which makes more sense considering that the C in CSL does stand for Coupe. In the near term, we think that we will see an M4 CSL that is going to replace the current M4 GTS. As for the automaker’s high performance coupes, it will be tougher to predict the future.

We just learnt that BMW had upgraded the M2 to the M2 Competition, but it isn’t difficult to imagine an M2 CSL as the last model. On the other hand, the M8 feels like a vehicle that is not going to fall into the CSL category. In fact, the 8 Series will almost certainly be a huge, comfortable, and powerful grand tourer when it makes its first appearance next month.

This means that it’s just in time to rival the Mercedes AMG S63. As of the moment, BMW has not hinted at an AMG S63 Black Coupe, an M8 CSL seems like a long shot, even if BMW did trademark “M8 CSL” in 2017, together with the M2 and M4 variants that we mentioned earlier.

During the years that have passed, BMW’s CSL models were just as cool as the M products. But it had promised less mass in a sharper package. It was actually the iconic 2003 M3 CSL that BMW last used the CSL badge on. Meanwhile, its first use was on the stunning 3.0 CSL, the car which many of us recognize as the Batmobile. This was once built as a homologation requirement for the company to field the car in the European Touring Car Championship.

It was only back in October when BMW filed a trademark for the name “CSL”, and now, we are already hearing from the company that some of their models will be using the said moniker. Now, our question is, when will we see an actual production version of a CSL?

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