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2004 BMW M3 CSL (LHD)

Car 02/2004 (E46) BMW M3 CSL
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02/2004 BMW M3 CSL (E46 LHD)
Just in from Japan
Left Hand Drive
Only 79,500km (49,000miles)
SMG II transmission
Grade 4
No Accident History
Full service history from new
Worldwide Shipping Service

HJA bring you this exceptional E46 M3 CSL fresh in from Japan. It doesn’t get much better than this, Grade 4, no accident history with genuine kilometres from new never seen the harsh UK winters this really is one for the avid car collector.

Our specialist team hand picks the highest quality vehicles available throughout the globe. So when they came across this they immediately informed us this is one to get! In spite of all the top end dealers in Japan trying to get hold of the car, we were fortunate enough to be able to secure and bring it over to the U.K.

Full Japanese Service History from New:

2610km, 9082km, 15033km, 16299km, 21876km, 27660km, 32128km, 39778km, 43640km, 51376km, 55433km, 60990km, 69844km, 74512km, 77071km 

First impressions the bodywork is practically flawless, garaged all of its life and constantly pampered. It really has been cherished by its owner in Japan. It has all the original panels and being a Grade 4 it has no repair history, it’s rare to find an original straight example such as this. The paintwork has a nice gloss and reflects like a mirror the exterior is finished off with the beautiful BBS CI-R alloy wheels sitting at a perfect ride height thanks to the adjustable Bilstein suspension.

As you would expect from a CSL of this standard it drives beautifully the iconic S54 engine pulls boisterously throughout the rev range without any hesitation; Gearbox changes are nice and fluent. There are no knocks or rattles from the suspension this really is a joy to drive.

The Braking has dramatically improved over the standard M3 CSL thanks to the huge AP Racing 6 pot callipers upfront nicely balanced out by AP Racing 4 pots on the rear really has tremendous stopping power allowing you to brake later and more confidently.

The ride has also improved over the standard CSL thanks to the adjustable Bilstein suspension giving you a much more responsive set up for the track yet still retaining the comfort required for road driving.

Aftermarket Parts Installed
6 Pot AP Racing Brakes front
4 Pot AP Racing Brakes front
Adjustable Bilstein suspension
19” BBS CI-R alloy wheels

M3 CSL Info
The BMW M3 CSL (Coupe Sport Lightweight) was a limited edition version of the M3, with only 1,400 cars being produced for its 2004 model year run. The CSL was never released into the North American market (we offer a worldwide shipping service), and was only available in two colours – Silver Grey Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.

As its name suggests, an emphasis was put on reducing weight. The M3 CSL has a curb weight of 1,385 kg (3,053 lb), 110 kg (240 lb) lighter than the regular M3. The CSL features many weight saving technologies taken from BMW's Formula One racing applications. A large proportion of the M3s sound insulation has been removed, along with electric seats and navigation systems. Air conditioning and stereo systems could be retrofitted free of cost, but were not available standard. The CSL's unique body pieces are all crafted from carbon fibre reinforced polymer. Glass-reinforced plastics are used throughout structural points in the car. The standard rear window was replaced with one made from thinner glass. Although the CSL loses a considerable amount of curb weight from its original version, the focus was put on strategically reducing or moving the weight in the car rather than the raw amount of weight that could be lost. This is to retain the ideal 50:50 weight distribution characteristics the E46 has.For example, the roof is constructed from carbon fibre reinforced plastic. While this only reduces the curb weight of the car by 7 kg (15 lb), it lowers the centre of gravity of the car and decreases body flex.

In order to improve the handling ability of the car, the entire suspension system was further refined. Specially developed racing springs and dampers were given to the CSL, and a tightened steering ratio improved responsiveness. The braking system was also improved with larger front floating rotors and larger pistons in the rear calipers; front calipers were the same as the standard M3 but with a larger calliper carrier to allow for the larger rotor. Rear discs are M3 standard (However on this example they have been up rated to a set of AP Racing 6 pots up front and 4 pots on the rear).

The CSL was given a retuned dynamic stability control system with a "M track mode" setting that allowed the car to be pushed to its absolute limits before being activated. Top speed was limited but on production of a current Motorsport licence, factory ordered cars could be requested with this restriction removed.

The engine used in the CSL had increased output over the regular S54 by 17 hp (13 kW) and 5 N•m (4 lbf•ft) over the European M3. This is due to the use of sharper profile camshafts, a bigger air intake with carbon fibre manifold, a refinement of the exhaust manifold, and slightly different exhaust valves.

The CSL also had various aesthetic modifications over the standard M3. It received an aerodynamic lightweight body kit which included carbon fibre front splitters that improved down force at high speeds by 50%, as well as a carbon fibre rear diffuser. The front bumper had a distinct hole that is used to draw cool air into the newly designed air intake. The trunk floor cover was made of lightweight fibre-board (not cardboard as infamously described by BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson). The trunk lid was redesigned to incorporate a raised lip, unlike the standard M3 where one is simply added onto a flat trunk. The CSL was sold with distinct 19-inch lightweight cast BBS alloy rims that came with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup semi-slick racing tyres. The interior of the CSL is redesigned with a sporty weight-saving theme. The CSL obtains fibreglass front racing bucket seats, and fibreglass backed rear seats. The centre console, door panels and trim, and head-liner are all formed from carbon fibre, and the steering wheel is redesigned with cruise control, stereo, and phone controls removed to include just a single button that activates the M track mode.

Unlike the standard M3, which was offered with a standard 6-speed Getrag transmission, or optionally a SMG drivelogic transmission (also known as the SMG II), the CSL was offered only with the SMG II transmission. This is the standard 6-speed Getrag transmission with an electro hydraulically actuated clutch pedal, similar to a Formula One style transmission. However, the CSL received a more advanced drivelogic software package than the standard M3 that was capable of making shifts in 0.08-second. This advanced CSL Software package can also be uploaded to the standard M3 SMG DME to get the CSL gear shift performance increase.