The '73 BMW 3.0 CSL (or simply BMW E9 or also Batmobile due to its body lines and spoiler) was developed by a separate division within BMW AG, later known as the BMW Motorsport GmbH. Production of the car commenced in 1971 at Karmann Werkes in Rheine, Germany. The 3.0 CSL was the performance variant of the 3.0 CS two-door coupé. It belonged to BMW’s New Six CS series and featured the famous six-cylinder engine. Due to the use of aluminum for construction of various materials instead of steel, the 3.0 CSL weighed about 440 pounds (200 kg) less than the standard 3.0 CS. Hence, the ‘L’ in the name stood for "leicht", which in German means "lightweight".
BMW produced four different versions of the 3.0 CSL over a period of five years, all as per European specifications. The first version only offered a left-hand drive and featured a 2,985-cc M30 engine. The next two variants (same engine displacement but one was left-hand drive and the other right-hand drive) were fitted with a Bosch fuel-injected model that displaced 3,003-cc. The capacity of the engine was increased in order to include the homologation car into the racing category of cars with engine displacement of three liters and more. The final variant of the CSL had an even bigger engine (3,153-cc) and it was famously labeled as the ‘Batmobile’ since it came with an optional racing kit consisting of massive air guides and an enlarged rear spoiler (which this model is based upon). These improved the dynamics and handling of the car, although the racing kit came under legal scrutiny in some European countries. Nonetheless, the 3.2 CSL produced up to 206 hp and was extremely successful in the racing circuit.
It won the European Touring Car Championship in its category in 1973 and in every year from 1975 to 1979. Moreover, it also registered back-to-back victories at the Le Mans in 1973 and 1974 and won races at the 1975 IMSA GT Championship.
A total of 1,265 models of the 3.0 CSL were produced and it can easily cost someone more than $350,000 (~€305,000) in the present day to acquire one.
The '73 BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car has been released in the following 1/64 scale versions:
|Col #||Year||Series||Color||Tampo||Base Color / Type||Window Color||Interior Color||Wheel Type||Toy #||Country||Notes / Variations||Photo|
|190 / 250||2016||BMW||White||Red & Blue stripes, "68" & "Castrol" on sides & hood||White / Plastic||Tinted (Black)||Black||Chrome & Black MC5||DHP29||Malaysia||Base code(s): J06, J09, J12|
|190 / 250||2016||BMW||Black||Red & Blue stripes, "16" & "Castrol" on sides & hood||Black / Plastic||Tinted (Blue)||Black||Chrome & Black MC5||Malaysia||Base code(s): J20|
From the back of the 2016-card:
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Specialty: Here's a legendary racer with a stellar records of track victories. With the "L" in CSL standling for "light," everything about this speed machine is light. Its entire body was constructed with lightness in mind and when you see this bad boy in action, it appears to race at the speed of light!