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by Brett Davis

According to reports, BMW M Division is working on a lightweight BMW M3 which is set to sit between the standard BMW M3 and the BMW M3 GTS edition. This could bring about the revival of a BMW M3 CSL model.

Although a CSL isn’t definite yet, BMW M president, Kay Segler, recently announced at an ‘M’ function in Munich that a similarly track-focused vehicle is currently being developed. He said the M3 version will be “a special design model focusing on lightweight construction”. As per all previous BMW CSL versions, this lightweight focus amps up the possibility of the nameplate making its way back into showrooms.

Segler also revealed that the special model would use a revised version of the current BMW M3 4.0-litre V8 engine with a power output somewhere in between the standard 309kW, and the 4.3-litre GTS version with its 331kW.

Like all previous CSL editions, the new M3 is expected to receive a number of aerodynamic changes as well, with a more aggressive front bumper and chin spoiler as well as a more prominent rear diffuser section. Segler also hinted “several other surprises” would make their way into the special model.

BMW has announced the car will be unveiled in full at this year’s Nurburgring 24 Hour which takes place in June.

UPDATE: New images of a prototype of the car have surfaced. Check them out above.




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