BMW M4 CSL on the way? GTS more likely

September 16, 2014

Okay, so before we get too excited we have to warn this image isn’t an official render. It merely shows us what a future BMW M4 CSL could look like.

BMW M4 CSL render r82

BMW has recently been spotted testing a mysterious prototype on the Nurburgring, featuring more serious aero parts and some different alloy wheels. While a CSL model is not likely, a higher-spec M4 GTS could be on the cards.

M3 fans will remember the previous-gen M3 GTS which came with a bright orange paint job, slightly more engine power, and vast aero parts to give it more downforce so it’s quicker on the track.

The performance division could be planning a similar setup for the new M4. Reports suggest carbon fibre could be used for various parts to help reduce weight by as much as 150kg. Being lighter weight would obviously help to improve handling and overall performance.

This superb rending, by r82 workshop, blends in the design language of the BMW i8 hybrid sports car with the M4 layout. On the sides are some large air intakes which are cut into the rear guards, while at the front is a very low spoiler and integrated splitter system.

You’d have to agree, it does look absolutely spectacular. The various black highlights give it some real contrast and match the dished black alloy wheels.

The standard BMW M4 comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six producing 317kW of power and 550Nm of torque. It’s able to dust off 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds, and it can be had in both manual and dual-clutch automatic forms.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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