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BMW M-Cars make us happy, they’re often used as the benchmark when talking about the performance of other cars. “Yeah, your Mk4 GTi is quick, but how does it compare to a BMW M3?” is how the conversations often go. It’s always cool when the owner is able to answer back that his car is quicker. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if anything else is faster than an M-Car because no matter what you have under the hood, there’s still a whole package of M wrapped around that M-spec powerplant. Then you get the special edition models that have all the bells & whistles and more, and more often than not these are lighter and quicker with superior handling prowess, and so seeing these cars go up against each other makes things way more interesting to watch. In this drag race we scoured the net for, we see the 700-unit 2016 BMW M4 GTS have a go against the 2022 BMW 3.0 CSL, which is also based on the BMW M4 platform but it limited to a very exclusive run of just 50 units.

In the older model, the 2016 BMW M4 GTS, we find that iconic inline 6-cylinder powerplant that has a pair of turbochargers attached to make things much more exciting. The 3.0-litre is the same as found in the BMW M3, and in this setup it was tuned to have a maximum power output of 368 kW (a round 500 hp) with torque rated at a healthy 600 Nm. At the time the suspension and the tweaking to the BMW M4 saw it being hailed as the best ever built with superb handling to match. At the time BMW claimed the BMW M4 GTS could hit 100 km/h in just 3.8-seconds and had a top speed limited to 305 km/h. Mighty impressive. Jumping forward six years and the latest limited edition M-Car to be given the limited edition treatment on the popular M4 platform is the BMW 3.0 CSL, which is again touted as the best ever built, and that has to mean it’s better than the M4 GTS. This even more limited edition car that saw just 50 units produced also sees fitment of the same twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder lump but it employs an extra six years of development and new tech and so the power output in this special edition rose to 412 kW (560 hp), a decent 44 kW more. Oddly, when it comes to the available torque this newer car has less available at a rated 550 Nm. So more power, less torque, and so on paper it looks like these two cars should be evenly matched in a drag race. But are they?

Take a look at the YouTube video that pits two very sought-after limited edition BMW M Cars up against each other in a drag race - with both based on the BMW M4 it sounds like it should be an evenly matched setup: BMW M4 CSL vs BMW M4 GTS | Porsche 991 GT3 RS | BMW M240i xDrive 480 PS | DragRace | TestLife

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