BMW will launch more focused M3 Saloon at M Festival 2011

At a private M Division gathering in Munich today, BMW has revealed a bevy of limited edition models including the one-off M3 Pick-up (see previous story) and a very special M3 Saloon that is said to make use of some parts from the track-focused M3 GTS.

More details will be available later on today, including whether it will be fitted with the standard M3’s 4.0-litre V8 or a detuned version of the 4.4-litre V8 as fitted in the GTS. Power is rumoured to be mid-way between the M3’s 414bhp and the GTS’ 444bhp and the production model is expected to be launched at the forthcoming M Festival 2011 on 23rd – 26th June at the Nürburgring – the same weekend as the actual 24h Nürburgring race.

The M Festival is being used to celebrate BMW’s outstanding performance at the Nürburgring 24 hours last year, where the BMW team secured overall victory, 10 class wins and represented 63 out of the 198 cars entered.

Admission to the M Festival event will set you back € 269 and you can find out more details at BMW’s m-power website.

As the images show, the car will be fitted with CSL/GTS alloys, black kidney grilles and a boot spoiler. Outgoing M division boss Dr Kay Segler has hinted that it features a special lightweight construction and several other surprises. We’ll share more details once we hear them.


  • Seems pretty daft for some to be calling this an M3 CSL – at best it’s sloppy journalism otherwise it’s just plain ignorant. CSL stands for ‘Coupe Sport Leicht’, so given that this is an M3 Saloon, you’d have to either call it a SSL (Sedan Sport Leicht) or possibly get away with saying CSL-like M3 Saloon,

    or… perhaps just wait until BMW give it a name and stop trying to grab a few extra eyeballs with misleading headlines.

    It never ceases to amuse me that so many journalists feel inclined to refer to the M3 CSL as iconic, when most castigated it when it was first launched in 2003.

    I kept my own car for over 7 years, before selling it last year and would love to see a CSL return to the M family – but I very much doubt this is it. I’d be happy to be proven wrong mind you..