BMW M3 CSL Duo Is Pure Motoring Nirvana

Ask any petrol head what their favorite version of the E46 was, and most, if not all, will tell you the CSL.

BMW only made 1,400 examples, none of which were sold in North America. All of them focused on weight saving and performance improvements, which resulted into a car that weighed 110kg (243lbs) less than the regular M3, and brought 17hp more, for a total of 360hp.

This makes the E46 CSL one of the most collectible M3s to date, so we can understand the fact that many of them have been retired from the road, and put into storage, as their price can only go up, from this point.

Despite its rarity, HexagonClassics in the UK got their hands on not just one, but two right-hand drive M3 CSLs, both in pristine condition, and with low mileage.

Finished in black, the first one was made in 2003, has 37,500 miles (60,350km) on the clock, and comes with a £64,995 ($83,188) price. The silver M3 CSL is 1 year newer, and was driven for 20,200 miles (32,509km), which is why it’s significantly more expensive, at £79,995 ($102,386).


  • Sukhoi31m3

    So both cars have SMG boxes? Thanks, but I’ll pass. For that kind of money I can get a near new slick roof E46 M3 with a proper 6 speed manual. Enthusiast auto has them a plenty….

    • fgclolz

      The M3 CSL was only produced with SMG gearboxes. But I agree with the sentiment of wanting to row your own (both my cars are manual). *No they’re not M3s*


  • SteersUright

    Never cared for e46 M3 as it was too heavy, slow, had a tendency to rip up its unibody at the rear subframe joint, and its engine sounded like crap. The CSL, however, sounded amazing. Somehow, they tuned the intake, revised other engine items, and it just gave this car a whole new character. But, the CSL was never brought over to the States so who really cares? And no, you can’t just add a carbon airbox to your e46 M3. I’ve heard those and, while an improvement, the engine still sounds like crap. Ok fanboys…bring it on. Tell me how amazing your tinny, raspy e46 sounds. lol.

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