BMW Design Boss says building cars is a possibility

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Rolls-Royce presented the second Boat Tail bodied car to the amazement of the public. We were curious if core brand BMW could follow RR in developing their own highly customized models built in extremely limited numbers. After all, the Hommage concepts – like the 3.0 CSL here – from several years ago already hinted at this possibility.

To that end, we asked BMW Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk whether the German luxury brand intends to introduce any exclusive models that will be positioned separately from the “Series” and “X” ranges:

“Yes, I believe the brand could support that. I would like that to happen. Like I said, it’s going to be about finding the time and the resources and doing it the smart way. Because BMW is now quite a big organization. And as I said, we’re already doing so much and we’re already busy with our ears, dealing with this transformation which is the only challenge right now but as I said with these modern manufacturing methods. There might be windows that open for this.

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Reading between the lines, it seems highly likely that BMW will sooner or later go the body shop route, but it’s a matter of finding the time to tackle this niche. Having such a large family of models covering almost all market segments takes a lot of effort and time to manage. This is especially true with stringent emissions regulations forcing automakers to gradually transition to electric vehicles.

While Adrian van Hooydonk refrained from going into detail, it is widely believed that a modern CSL 3.0 will pave the way for BMW’s bodybuilding efforts. Expect to see it pop off the cover before the end of 2022 to celebrate M’s 50 years as an ultra-limited M4 CSL-based sports coupe. Its retro-flavored body will be designed taking inspiration from the 2015 3.0 CSL Hommage concept shown here.

Going by recent reports, it will have 600 horsepower or 50 horsepower more than the Coupe Sport Lightweight, which itself has a 40 horsepower advantage over the M4 Competition. Another significant change will be the switch from the CSL’s automatic transmission to a manual, which will also send power exclusively to the rear wheels. It could very well go down in history as one of the last BMWs to be sold only with a manual gearbox and/or in RWD version.

Needless to say, it won’t be cheap. We’ve heard the car will cost around £750,000, which would easily make it the company’s most expensive new car. It will also be one of the rarest, with only 50 units planned. It won’t be a real successor to the M1, but maybe the next best thing. Enthusiasts will certainly prefer it to the XM even though the plug-in hybrid SUV is touted as the first dedicated M car after the mid-engine coupe.

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