BMW 3.0 CSL
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The 3.0 CSL was the very first model designed and developed by BMW’s Motorsport division. The 1971 BMW 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Lightweight) was based on the 3.0 CSi chassis & body and featured all-aluminum components, while being stripped of all ‘unnecessary’ trimmings or soundproofing systems.
This model was initially fitted with a 3.0L 6-cylinder inline engine delivering 180 hp that was later replaced (1973) by a more powerful 3.2L unit. The racing version of the 3.0 CSL received a high-performance 3.5L engine and a Getrag five-speed gearbox. The 3.0 CSL was lighter than its predecessor by around 400 lbs. The opening panels were made out of aluminum, and the steel panels were of a thinner gauge. The car did not have a front bumper and the rear bumper was a very light one, made of a black polyester. The power steering and the electric windows were removed as well.
This model was produced in about 785 units until its discontinuation in 1975. BMW 3.0 CSL’s racing variant scored some historical wins in the 1973 ETCC championship (beating Ford Capri for both drivers’ and manufacturers’ title) or the 6-Hours of Nurburgring.
The CSLs were offered in four distinctive colors: Colorado, Golf, Inka and Verona. All of the models produced were left-hand-drive and were not sold in the UK.