The BMW M4 CSL is not inexpensive at $139,900 (plus $995 destination). When you compare the asking price in several European nations, it suddenly seems something of a steal. Consider Germany, where you must pay €165,200, or nearly $174,000 at current currency rates.
High-emission vehicles are famously costly in the Netherlands, where taxes are exorbitant. Add to that a 21% VAT, compared to 19% in Germany, and you have an excessive asking price for the M4 CSL. You’d best buckle up for this one since the automobile costs an eye-watering €215,243. That comes to around $227,300.
It’s not like the standard M4 is cheap, though, with the stick-shift coupe costing €127,297. The price gap between the entry-level model and the top-dog CSL is a stunning €88,000. In the Netherlands, where substantial taxes owing to the private vehicle and motorcycle tax (belasting op personenauto’s en motorrijwielen, bpm) makes an M8 Competition Convertible cost €183,200, it is by far the most expensive BMW money can buy.
The new regulation that went into effect at the start of the year raised the bpm and will do so every year until the middle of the decade. Meanwhile, local governments want to cut the maximum CO2 emissions limit per category, increasing the cost of high-polluting vehicles. In a weird sense, the M4 CSL is the most affordable car that Dutch people will ever purchase. However, since worldwide manufacturing is limited to 1,000 units, the Coupe Sport Lightweight won’t be available for long.
Returning to the M4 CSL, it’s strange that the Frozen Brooklyn Grey metallic color shown in all official photographs isn’t available in the Dutch configurator. It is only available in Alpine White uni and Sapphire Black metallic. If you check every box on the list of optional extras, the total cost will be more than €221,500. Yikes.
BMW.nl is the source.