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BMW M4 CSL sold out in Australia

The lightweight, limited-run BMW M4 CSL is sold out in Australia.

Around 30 examples of the two-seat coupe were offered to local buyers at a price of $303,900 before on-roads, and BMW Australia head of product and market planning, Brendan Michel, confirmed they were snapped up in short order.

“They’re all gone,” he said. “We had quite a lot of interest in that car.”

Just 1000 examples of the CSL were offered worldwide. An uprated twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine under the bonnet produces 405kW at 6250rpm and 650Nm between 2750 and 5950rpm, and is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The M4 CSL has been tuned to be more rigid and more ready for track work, right down to a special track tune for the traction control.

New front-end strut braces help increase rigidity, the geometry of the cast aluminium elements between the spring strut towers and the front end has been adapted, and there are unique engine mounts.

There are also unique camber settings, dampers, auxiliary springs and anti-roll bars, while the CSL sits 8mm lower than the Competition.

DIN kerb weight has been cut by 100kg to 1625kg. The use of extra-lightweight M Carbon ceramic brakes as well as special light-alloy wheels, springs and struts cut another 21kg, while reducing the soundproofing and using ultra-lightweight sound insulation slashed another 15kg.

Greater use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic reduced weight by another 11kg, with the material used for the roof, bonnet, boot lid and centre console.

Australia is one of the world’s strongest markets for M, with 20 per cent of the brand’s sales locally wearing an M badge.

Mr Michel said the potential for demand from Down Under was a driver in getting the M3 Touring developed in right-hand drive, and opened the door for the new M2 to make an early in-person debut at Motorclassica in Melbourne last month.

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