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BMW to revive CSL in place of GTS


The Head of BMW's M division has reportedly confirmed that the brand will be reviving the famed CSL moniker in place of the current GTS for its hardcore range of M cars.

In an interview with US publication Road & Track, Frank van Meel stated that the Coupe Sport Leichtbau, designation, last used in 2004 on the E46 M3, will again take over as the Munich giant's flagship M model, with the CS (Competition Pack) title slotting in below.

"CSL [will be] the top-of-the-line track tool, made on the track for the track, just with a number plate," van Meel said, adding that CSL models will come fitted with cup tyres, coilover suspension, a roll cage and fire extinguisher, whereas CS model will serve as "track tool[s], but with four seats".

While BMW is expected to unveil a CS version of the M2 in the coming months, van Meel has declined to provide more details on which models would receive the CSL name, but affirmed that there will never be a X5 M CSL. He has however not ruled out the possibility of there being four-door CSL model, again hinting at more hardcore version of the M3 and M5.

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