The appeal of traditional car shows has declined in recent years, pushing legacy manufacturers to reconsider when and where to introduce new models. Consider BMW, which just introduced the M4 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and will unveil the M3 Touring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
A new Coupe Sport Lightweight only appears every few of decades, thus launching the hardcore M4 on the banks of Lake Como in Italy demonstrates the event’s growing appeal. We were able to reshoot the vehicle and capture the finer nuances of the most track-focused BMW since the M4 GTS in late 2015.
The M4 CSL was shown to the public in Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic, an unique paint job, as with all official pictures. BMW now offers the vehicle in Sapphire Black and Alpine White at no extra cost. The carbon fiber aerodynamic package and red accents are standard on all 1,000 units slated for manufacturing.
From the front, it seems menacing thanks to the revised grille and the wide spoiler lip with winglets proudly bearing the red M4 CSL emblem. While the nose of the vehicle is sure to generate some debate due to the you know what, the included rear spoiler should be universally welcomed by those who remember the M3 E46 CSL.
We can’t help but notice the taillights, even on a beautiful day, since we’re at the rear. The OLEDs in the M4 GTS we discussed previously were replaced with light threads woven into the glass coverings and illuminated by laser technology. This new technology adds depth to the taillights and creates a tridimensional image that appears more magnificent at night.
As is often the case, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we can all agree the M4 CSL is building up to be a true beast in terms of the performance promised by BMW.