The BMW M3 SCL made its world debut at the 2001 Frnkfurt International Motor Show. The car is BMW Motorsport's Latest concept, showcasing intelligent weight reduction.
With its outstanding power to weight ratio of only 3.85kg/bhp, the engineers at BMW Motorsport have created a sports car capable of breaking the 8 minute barier almost 30 seconds faster than the standard M3 on the Legendary Northern Circuit of the Nürburgring in Germany, the ultimate benchmark in driving dynamics. Weighing approximately 110 kg less than the standard M3, the CSL has an overall weight of just 1.385 kg. Carbon Fiber reinforced plastic, the material used on F1 race cars, are prevalent throughout the car. The flaps in the front bumber spoile, exterior mirror housing and roof are unadorned carbon fiber, while the front bumber, doors and rear lid are body colored carbon fiber. A solid sandwich panel takes the place of the through loading bulkhead between the luggage and passenger compartments, and the two racing style bucket seats, as well as the door linings, center console and instrument trim, are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Other lightweight materials incorporated in the design include a high strength steel panel body, extra thin glass in the rear window, weight optimized foam under the carpet and magnesium substrate beneath the instrument panel. In addition, the luggage compartment's floor panel is a honeycomb sandwich plate as used in aerospace applications.
The straight six power unit produced 360 bhp at 7,900 rpm from 3.2 liters capacity. Maximum torgue is 370 Nm at 4.900 rpm. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, reaching 200 km/h in 16.8 seconds with the top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Engine: Straight 6
Displacement: 3.246 liter / 198.1 cu in
Power: 360 bhp / 271 KW
Top Speed: electronically limited to 250 km/h