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History: What Do BMW luxury cars CS and CSL Stand For?

BMW builds exquisite luxury cars. These cars are limited edition and give high performance compared to original models. The most popular of all such top-performing models are CS and CSL.

CS stands for “Club Sport” or “Club Sport”. People believed that it stands for “Coupé Sport” or “Competition Sport”. But these acronyms were used for the 60 limited edition M4 cars sold in the Spanish market.

CSL stands for a significantly enhanced CS model and means “Coupé Sport Leichtbau” or “Coupé Sport Lightweight”. These models originated back in the 1970s. It was first used for BMW 3.0 CS and 3.0 CSL under the E9 generation.

The 3.0 CSL was the most successful of them all. It was available as a streetcar as well as a race car. A four-valve-six-cylinder inline engine powered it. The doors and lids were made of aluminium. This made the car lightweight. The modifications reduced the weight to 1092kg only for a racing car.

CS model was further extended to CSi models. It denoted that the 3.0 CS models had a direct-injection petrol engine. Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection system was seen in 1971 at 3.0 CSI.

The production of E9 models was stopped in 1975, and the CS and its further models were also discontinued. But the CSL model came back in 2003 in BMW M3 CSL under the E46 model series. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic was used to make the doors and roof of this model.

The extra equipment was removed from the car to make it a lightweight car. It increased the performance for the 360 hp hot coupe. All the units manufactured were sold in a few months. M3 CSL was a trendy model and successful too.

After this, no other CSL model was launched until 2015. BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage was introduced at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2015 and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

New CSL models are being introduced with high-performance. These are M4 CS, M3 CS, and M2 CS. These models are lightweight with high performance which attracts the customers and increases the profit for the German manufacturer.

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