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The 1971 CSL was the ultimate derivative of the handsome CSi coupe, made for the European Touring Car Championship. Just 1,000 street versions were Deeded for homologation and they made them lightweight. An alloy hood, trunk lid and door skins saved weight, while inside fixed bucket seats were fitted along with a sport wheel. The independent suspension was as per the CSi, with MacPherson front struts and a trailing arm rear plus anti-roll bars both ends. The straight-six engine used a single overhead cam and Bosch fuel injection to get 200bhp (268kW), though later racer versions with twin cams and 24 valves had 370bhp (276kW). The aerodynamics were where this car scored best with a huge trunk spoiler to give downforce. The front air dam limited air flow under the car, rubber fins over the hood. Wide 7x14-inch (178x356mm) alloys and 195 tyres gave great roadholding.

BMW 3.0 CSL Specifications

Top speed:133 mph (212 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.6 sec
Engine type:in-line six
Displacement:183 ci (3,003 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:200 bhp (149 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:199 lb ft (269 Nm) @ 4,300 rpm
Weight:2,889 lb (1,313 kg)
Economy:16.8 mpg (6 km/I)

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