Special Showcase of BMW M4 Competition 50 Jahre and M4 CSL in Singapore

BY Vivek Max R

Only from 6-14 December 2022, and is open to the public

BMW M GmbH is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a slew of special edition models, such as the BMW 3.0 CSL aka Batmobile. Here in Singapore, the M4 CSL, and the uber-exclusive limited-edition M4 Competition 50 Jahre are set to round up the Golden jubilee for BMW’s performance sub-brand. If you want to get a first-hand view of these highly covetable editions, both cars will be on show at Performance Munich Autos showroom at 315 Alexandra Road until 14 December 2022.

The M4 Competition 50 Jahre will be sold in limited quantities worldwide with just three units being allocated for Singapore. You heard right. Three. Eins, zwei, DREI. 3. All of them are spoken for.

The famed BMW M TwinPower Turbo straight-six 3.0-litre under the hood puts down 510hp, sent only to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Three colours will be available in Singapore - Imola Red and Brands Hatch Grey (seen here in pictures), as well as Macao Blue - and wearing M forged rims in 19-inch front and 20-inch rear in Gold Bronze matt.

Specialised door sill panels, headrests on the bucket seats and, a metal plaque on the centre console all denote this as being a very special M4. Also, check out that wing on the bootlid.

Also on show is the M4 CSL, a lightweight two-seat track day-focused machine. It shares genes with the competition-spec M4 GT3 but in road-legal guise here.

The glass covers of the LED rear lights have fine light threads woven into them, which are then illuminated via lasers. This rear-light technology is actually making its debut here in the M4 CSL, and we should see them on other production BMWs in the future.

This M4-variant broke the record for a production BMW on Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, setting a blistering time of 7 minutes and 20.207 seconds.

The 0-100km/h sprint is dusted off in just 3.7 seconds, 0-200km/h takes just 10.7 seconds, and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 307km/h.

Making this possible is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engine uprated with technologies found in the M4 GT3 racing car. Turbo boost increases from 1.7 bar in the standard car to 2.1 bar here, along with tweaks to the engine mapping. This means 550hp at 6,250rpm and 650Nm of torque developed between 2,750rpm and 5,950rpm.

The focus is solely on high revs and maximum power, and the engine block is of a closed-deck design for more cylinder strength and rigidity, while not requiring cast-iron sleeves. The forged crankshaft is also lightweight in nature, allowing it to better handle more torque. The core of the cylinder head is 3D-printed.

'CSL' stands for ‘Coupé’, ‘Sport’ and 'Leichtbau' or lightweight, and the M4 CSL is limited to 1,000 units worldwide. It also forms the basis upon which the aforementioned 'Batmobile' is built.

Up front, the daytime running lights or DRLs within the BMW Laserlight headlights illuminate in yellow, mimicking BMW's GT racing cars, instead of white when the main beams are turned on.

M carbon ceramic brakes help shave unsprung mass at each corner of the M4 CSL. Special lightweight alloy rims, springs and struts also further help with this per-corner weight-shaving.

A strut brace underhood helps strengthen the front-end of the M4 CSL for crisper turn-in feel and cornering attitude.

Forged lightweight 19-inch and 20-inch rims fore and aft wear 275/35ZR19 and 285/30ZR20 tyres respectively.

10-stage M Traction Control helps the driver dial in how wheel-slip is desired while on track. Settings 1 through 5 are for dry surfaces only and assist with controlled drifts, while 6 through 10 take both surface conditions AND tyre temperature into consideration to optimise grip and stability.

Carbon fibre reinforced plastic, or CFRP, features in the M4 CSL's roof, bonnet and bootlid, as well as the interior's centre console, all in the name of weight-savings to the tune of 11kg.

A titanium rear muffler helps shave more than four kilograms at the rear, and modifications to the BMW kidney grille, rear lights, floor mats and automatic climate control system also contribute another four kilograms of weight-savings.

On the inside, soundproofing is stripped and ultra-light sound insulation is added instead, helping to reduce another 15kg. M carbon bucket seats pared weight by a further 24kg, and stripping out the rear seats and seat belts found another 21kg of weight-reduction.

There is no mistaking...

There is no mistaking...

... that one is inside...

... that one is inside...

a very special coupe indeed.

a very special coupe indeed.

Check out both M4 variants at at Performance Munich Autos showroom at 315 Alexandra Road before they're gone.