1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

In 1968, BMW returned to its six-cylinder power for its range-topping models, with the introduction of the 2500 and 2800 saloons. Also new was the 2800CS Coupe, the forerunner to the 3.0 CSL, although its running gear had more in common with the existing 2000C/CS. New improvements were introduced in 1971 with the similarly styled 3.0-liter CS. It brought with it four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and a 180 BHP engine.

To meet constrictive homologation regulations of the Group 2 racing class, BMW engineers developed a limited production run of 'homologation specials.' The trim was removed and thinner steel was used for the main body shell. Aluminum alloy was used for the doors, bonnet, and boot lid. Perspex was used for the side windows. These efforts resulted in a reduction of weight by 300 lbs. Initially, they were powered by an over-bored engine enabling it to compete in the over 3-liter class. The 3.0 CSL was powered by a 206 horsepower for road use and over 300 horsepower for the track. The engine's stroke was increased in 1973, upping the capacity to 3,153cc. From mid-season forward, the racing CSLs used the so-called 'Batmobile' aerodynamic package, developed at Stuttgart University. This package consisted of a front chin spoiler, large rear wing and various other modifications. The boot was illegal for road use in Germany and left in the boot for final installation after purchase.

Toine Hezemans captured the 1973 European Touring Car Championship for BMW with a 3.0 CSL. Dieter Quester and co-driver Hezemans captured a class win at LeMans that year. Ford won in 1975 but from 1975 onwards the BMW 'Batmobiles' won five consecutive European Touring Car Championships.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019

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The 3.0 CSL race cars were the first cars to be developed under the new BMW subsidiary, established in 1972 – BMW Motorsport GmbH. They were also the first to sport the newly designated official colors of BMW Motorsport-red, blue and purple. Based on the 3.0 CS coupe production car, the CSL (L is for lightweight, referring to the aluminum doors and hood) began an assault on European touring....
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The BMW 3.0 CSL was a brilliant car introduced at a time when the Touring Car racing class had gained proper popularity and there was a strong demand for a competitive vehicle. The class had increased in popularity with the four-door saloons such as the Ford Cortina and the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Rule changes were later added which required the cars to have only two doors, making the prior cars obsolete.....
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1972 Vehicle Profiles

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2275024
Engine Num: 2275024

This particular example was completed the Munich-based Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) plant in 1972. This homologation-special CSL was finished in Polaris Silver over a black interior. It is believed to have been delivered new to Italy. It was later ....[continue reading]

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL vehicle information

Coupe

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1972 BMW 3.0 CSL vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2212314
Engine Num: 2212314

The introduction of the 3.0-liter CS in 1971 brought with it four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and a 180 horsepower engine. The 3.0 CSL lightweight version was used for racing purposes. In order for the 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht) to qualify for rac....[continue reading]

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2275997

This 1972 BMW is one of the original 19 factory CSL Race cars known to have been built, of all variants produced. One of those 19 is known to have been burned to the ground, and there are two in the BMW AG Art car collection, and at least five in mus....[continue reading]

1972 BMW 3.0 CSL vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2212279

The BMW 3.0 CSL was a homologation special built in the tradition of the 1800 TiSa and the 2002 Turbo. It brought aerodynamic effects modifications and an increased engine displacement, and wore Karmann-built coachwork. The competition versions captu....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 2275024 
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Coupe
Chassis #: 2212314 
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Chassis #: 2275997 
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Chassis #: 2212279 


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