Thursday 21 May 2015

BMW’s ‘Batmobile’ tribute


Big Motoring World has discovered that BMW are to unveil a tribute to the ‘Batmobile’ 3.0 CSL at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Performance BMWs don’t come any more iconic than the 3.0 CSL of the 1970s, and it will be shown at the world-renowned event for classical cars in France later this month. With its steroidal styling, lively handling and screaming six-cylinder engine it set the template for every M Beemer since.


More than four decades years later, BMW is paying it the ultimate compliment with a concept car to be shown at Hotel Regina, Paris, on 22nd May. It’s likely to follow the lead of the new M4 Coupe, which swapped steel for aluminium and glass for Perspex in pursuit of a lighter kerb weight. The 3.0 CSL will use carbon-fibre for the lower sections of the bodywork.

It has a massively widened rear track and, like the original, a huge rear wing with the LED taillights swirling around its outer edge. The BMW badge on the C-pillar is another distinctive cue taken from the Batmobile.


The interior is yet to be unveiled, but BMW told Autotrader: “All the elements in the cabin are absolutely essential (with a) driving related function”. Expect a stripped-back, simplistic passenger compartment with bucket seats; no sign of a radio or sat-nav.

There’s no indication as to whether BMW is serious about putting the ‘Batmobile’ into production, but we suspect it will remain a design study for the foreseeable future. What it definitely does prove, however, is that BMW is plotting a higher performance version of the M4. They may use water-cooled turbochargers as showcased on the M4 Moto GP safety car, but whether it will be badged M4 GTS or M4 CSL remains to be seen. 

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