BMW has something in the works if an M4 Competition is simultaneously too much and not enough.
The Bavarian brand will reveal its M4 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganze Villa D’Este event in Italy on May 20, 2022, and it’s expected to be both lighter and more powerful.
In a now deleted post on social media, BMW posted two shadowy teaser images of the M4 CSL showing the front and rear of the car.
The only thing that can be seen in the front image is the daytime running light signature which has the typical, hexagonal shape but with a yellow-ish hue. This is very similar to the larger M5 CS.
A BimmerPost forum member, who claims to compile leaks from within BMW, previously wrote that the M4 CSL will reportedly get “special M headlights”.
The rear teaser image also shows off what appears to be a set of special OLED tail lights. The previous-gen M4 GTS debuted this tail light technology back in 2016.
The upcoming M4 CSL was previously teased in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in a video uploaded to YouTube. It was identified by its ducktail spoiler.
Previously spied M4 CSL prototypes have had a similar spoiler, which is reminiscent of that of the E46 M3 CSL of the early 2000s.
CSL has classically stood for Coupe Sport Lightweight, as an English translation, and the E46 M3 CSL was 110kg lighter than the regular M3 and packed extra power and torque.
There isn’t much else that can be seen but prototypes have been spied with a prominent chin spoiler, aggressive aero bodykit, and a unique kidney grille with an insert that shows off a lot of the intercooler lurking behind it.
BMW is remaining tight-lipped around what’s under the bonnet of the M4 CSL but it’s expected to be a reworked 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine with more power and torque than the regular M4.
For context, the M4 Competition produces 375kW of power and 650Nm of torque.
The same BimmerPost forum member wrote that the M4 CSL will reportedly produce 402kW and send power to the rear wheels only via an eight-speed automatic.
BMW has confirmed the claimed combined fuel economy figure for the M4 CSL is between 9.8 and 10.1L/100km according to WLTP standards.
Other notable features, besides the special M headlights, include standard M racing bucket seats and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.
Production of the BMW M4 CSL will reportedly start in July 2022.
Also in the upper-left corner of the previous video’s thumbnail is a white M4 that could reportedly be an upcoming special edition called the M4 GT/H, according to the BimmerPost member.
This model can be seen with what appears to be the M4 CSL’s unique grille but with a bonnet that has black scooped-out sections and a power bulge.
It’s unclear at this stage if this bonnet will be exclusive to the M4 GT/H as we haven’t seen a clear front shot of the M4 CSL yet.
This M4 GT/H will reportedly be specified very similarly to the M4 CSL but will come with a manual transmission instead. It’ll reportedly enter production in November 2022.
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