BMW M3 CSL vs BMW M3

Picture of BMW M3 CSL (E46)
Picture of BMW M3 (E92)
Category BMW M3 CSL (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
Engine layout 3.2 l R64.0 l V8
Max power (ps / bhp) 360 / 355420 / 414
Max torque (Nm / lb-ft) 370 / 273400 / 295
Curb weight (kg / lb) 1403 / 30931621 / 3574
Power / tonne (ps / bhp) 257 / 253259 / 256

Acceleration

Speed & distance BMW M3 CSL (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
0 - 40 kph 1.4 s1.8 s
0 - 100 kph 4.8 s4.3 s
0 - 200 kph 16.7 s15.2 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph 11.9 s10.7 s
0 - 60 mph 5.3 s3.9 s
0 - 100 mph 10.8 s9.4 s
Est. 1/8 mile 9.1 s @ 93.8 mph8.9 s @ 95.7 mph
1/4 mile 13.0 s12.4 s @ 114.3 mph

General performance

Category BMW M3 CSL (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
Top speed 250 kph (155 mph)280 kph (174 mph)
Est. max acceleration 0.64 g (6 m/s²)0.66 g (6 m/s²)
Downforce @ 200 kph -11 kg (-24 lbs)-33 kg (-73 lbs)

Summary

Category BMW M3 CSL (E46)BMW M3 (E92)
Track Performance 786784
Straight line speed 9691116
Total 17551900

Verdict

M3 is the fastest by a small margin.

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Georg  12y ago

@Shane

the big different comes from the 15seconds the CSL was faster around the northloop... thats little bit more than "less than 1second"

the ranking is not based on tracks faster it is based on how much faster the car was... and good or bad northloop laptimes ave a huge effect on that ranking


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Shane  12y ago

Huh, only 7 points for track performance for the E92? The E92 was faster on 2 out of 5 tracks, and was less than 1 second behind on the other 3. Hardly justifies a dicrepancy of 75 points in track performance, especially considering there was only a 5 point difference in the straight line speed category when the E92 clearly won every category. Probably need to rethink the rating a bit.