Known as the BMW “Batmobile”, the BMW 3.0CSL is a small but interesting part of the E9 history. Drawing influence from the early road cars of the 1960s with a 70s twist, this car was built for superheroes.
A History of the BMW 3.0 CSL
The BMW 3.0 CSL was first introduced in May of 1972. It was a homologation special that was made to allow BMW to race in the European Tour Championship. Production lasted for about a year, and only 1,265 of these cars ever hit the road. It was originally based off of the 2800 CS model with the added ‘L’ at the end, which stood for ‘long’.
A Racing Innovation – the BMW 3.0 CSL
The last iteration of the BMW 3.0 CSL was a four-door saloon-style vehicle that utilized a 12-valve inline-six engine that was SOHC fuel-injected. It had 203 horsepower and 211lb-ft of torque with a front-engine placement and rear-wheel drive.
See this bad boy in action below!
A Timeline of the BMW 3.0 CSL
- First Generation BMW 3.0 CSL (1972-1973)
The CSL initially used the exact same engine as the CS model, though the displacement was upgraded to 3,003 cc to help increase the bore of the engine. This allowed the CSL to perform in the +3.0L racing category.
When 1973 rolled around, the 3.0 CSL was given another displacement upgrade to 3,153 cc, giving it 203 horsepower and 211 lb-ft of torque. The last version of the car was upgraded in July of 1973. BMW added a larger air dam, a spoiler behind the roof’s trailing edge, a rear wing, and short fins on the front fenders. This made the car more aerodynamic overall.
The BMW 3.0csl in the News
In recent BMW 3.0 CSL news, a one-of-a-kind 1972 Batmobile is about to hit the auction block. You can check out this car, as well as some other awesome classics, at RM Sotheby’s.
Celebrity Endorsements of the BMW 3.0 CSL
We all know the story of the famous Bruce Wayne and his Batmobile, though not everyone knows the story of these celebrities and their Batmobiles. Some famed celebrity Batmobile owners include Adam Carolla and Frank Stella.
Best BMW 3.0 CSL clubs
One of the largest 3.0 CSL clubs can be found in the United Kingdom, as that is where most of these cars are located now. You can get more information on events and smaller regional groups at BMW Car Club of Great Britain.
The BMW 3.0 CSL – Fear the Batmobile
With a beautiful and timeless design, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a luxurious force to be reckoned with. Though it is only a small piece of BMW history, from the race track to the streets, it is more iconic and rare than 90% of the BMWs on the market. We can only hope that its legacy races on!