ONLY 52,000 MILES
BMW E46 M3 CSL
DECEMBER 2003 – 53 REGISTRATION
VERY LOW MILEAGE FOR YEAR – ONLY 52,000 MILES
VERY RARE ‘CSL’ LIGHTWEIGHT MODEL
IMMACULATE EXAMPLE THROUGHOUT
EXCELLENT BLACK SAPPHIRE PAINTWORK
EXCELLENT CSL MSPORT INTERIOR
UNMARKED CSL ALLOYS
FULLY DOCUMENTED SERVICE HISTORY
WE HAVE ALL ORIGINAL MANAULS – A FULLY STAMPED ORIGINAL SERVICE BOOK – BOTH KEYS – FOLDER FULL OF SERVICE RECEIPTS AND OLD MOTS
FULL PRE SALES CHECKOVER BY A1 BMW
WILL HAVE YEARS MOT ON SALE
Here we have a very special car, the BMW E46 M3 CSL.
I am sure if you are looking for one of these, you will be up to speed on the spec, but here is a brief summary of this model.
CSL stands for Coupe Sports Lightweight, this badge has been used for the legendary BMW’s, starting with the 1972 E9 CSL’s. In 2003, the BMW M division got the go ahead to build a light weight special edition of the already excellent, E46 M3. The E46 M3 CSL was born. Around 1400 examples where produced, with only 535 RHD examples.
The standard car was given the lightweight treatment, along with improvements to engine, gearbox, suspension, brakes etc.
Starting with the engine, the BMW M division improved the engine response of the M3 S54 engine, by removing the stock airflow system and replacing it with a system where air is calculated directly by the DME. Further changes included modified camshafts and exhaust valves, plus a lightweight exhaust system constructed of thinner steel. The carbon fibre air box is one of obvious once you open the engine bay. But this makes a big difference on how this car sounds when pushed, it sounds just like a race engine, fantastic.
Looking at the bodywork, the CSL is distinguished from the standard E46 M3 by its various lightweight components. Available in only two colours, this one is finished in Sapphire Black Metallic. The most well known difference is the is the Carbon roof panel, which weighs 13 pounds less than the conventional roof. This continues to the lower front bumper, with an extra large single air intake. At the rear, the lower bumper is made of carbon, while the boot has that distinctive lip which looks fantastic. Further weight saving measures continues in the boot (you might remember Jeremy Clarkson’s review on Top Gear), boot floor etc. As a final weight-saving measure, the rear window glass is extra thin. Wheels are 19inch, lightweight BBS alloys, unique to this model.
Inside the weight saving continues with lots of the standard options deleted. Lightweight bucket seats, rear seats, door cards etc. The seats and CSL steering wheel come finished in lovely Suede / anthracite.
This weight saving package makes the CSL around 10% lighter than the normal M3. This was done very carefully to ensure the weight balance is kept just right.
All M3 CSL’s came with the revise SMG II gearbox, this came with improved software to improve shift speeds over the standard M3. You also get a special button on the steering wheel, for M Track Mode. This allows the traction control system to relax, allowing you to have much more fun before the traction control kicks in.
This example has covered only 52,000 Miles. Its a pampered car with a fully documented service history.
This stunning CSL has had some more performance improvements made, all performed by renowned experts, with the aim to take this car to ‘Fast Road’ setup. These changes included more weight saving measures, including a Carbon bonnet, Front bumper and Rear boot lid. The engine performance has been increased with racing cats and a remap to take power to a dyno tested 374 BHP, with no decrement to the drivability of this car. Brakes have been improved to AP Racing brakes all round, fast road suspension, Uprated clutch. This is all fully documented, 1 bill alone for this work came to £14,000.
This example is finished in Sapphire Black. As you expect for a car that lead it life as a second car, garaged when not in use, the paintwork is in excellent condition. Deep shine paintwork, no dings or dents and obviously no rust. This car looks amazing, the Black with the Carbon fibre really works well. When you see this car, its obvious it something special, its gets attention wherever it goes.
The wheels are the original CSL specific 19inch Alloys. All are in excellent , unmarked condition, fitted with the correct Mitchel tyres.
The interior on this CSL is in excellent condition throughout. Hopefully you can see from the pictures, every where you look it clear the interior has been looked after just as well as the outside. The bucket seats are amazing. So supportive, yet easy to adjust. The lovely CSL steering wheel looks fantastic and instantly you know your in something special.
This BMW Features PAS, ABS, Electric windows front and rear, Air conditioning, BMW Stereo etc.
This CSL comes with a fully documented service history. We have all the original manuals, a fully stamped original service book, Both keys, a folder full of old MOTs and service receipts.
The CSL is a fast appreciating car. Made in very limited numbers, very well respected and sure to be a good investment going forward. But there are not many cars you can tuck away in your garage that could provide you so much excitement. Ideal for those dry weekend blasts. The driving experience you get from this car is hard to match, its absolutely addictive.
Before this car is sold, it will receive a full health check from BMW Specialist A1 BN along with a new MOT. We have also booked the car in to have the important sub frame strengthening procedure. This will be performed by well renowned specialist in this area, ETA Motorsport. This is a known procedure for this model and will help its long term value if documented as being done.