Once again, the parts are crafted to an exceptionally high standard.
Vorsteiner, the aftermarket tuning company, has exciting news for BMW enthusiasts. They’ve decided to resurrect their discontinued V-CSL carbon fiber program for the E46 BMW M3. The revival starts with the introduction of four cosmetic products, and it’s likely that more will follow in due course.
Their announcement states, “In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we are bringing back this iconic program in a limited production run of 103 units, as a tribute to the remarkable horsepower per liter that the BMW E46 CSL achieved.” It’s a rather geeky but undeniably cool way to determine the production quantity.
To clarify, these enhancements are designed for the standard E46 M3, giving it the appearance of the rare and expensive CSL variant.
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Let’s start at the front end, where M3 enthusiasts have the option to acquire a complete bumper featuring that iconic single intake hole and carbon fiber splitters. This particular component comes with a price tag of $2,495, making it the most costly item in the catalog. For a slightly more affordable option, at $100 less, you can own the ducktail trunk lid that was responsible for giving the CSL’s rear end its attractive appeal. Even after two decades, this trunk design still holds up – while the modern M4 CSL tries to come close, many argue that the early 2000s represented the zenith of modern BMW design. Honestly, comparing it to a contemporary M3, it’s hard to argue that things have improved.
If you’ve opted for the trunk upgrade, you’ll likely want the rear diffuser insert, which comes at a relatively more affordable price of $1,495.
Inside the cabin, there’s a replacement center console featuring the same 1:1 carbon fiber weave found on Vorsteiner’s other carbon fiber components. This center console upgrade can be yours for $995 and even includes a metal plaque. Demonstrating Vorsteiner’s keen understanding of its customer base, the tuner also provides a closeout mirror switch cover for the door card, allowing standard M3 owners to replicate the center console layout of the CSL seamlessly.
This meticulous attention to detail shouldn’t come as a surprise. Vorsteiner’s founder, Peter Nam, went on to establish Gunther Werks, known for its commitment to perfection. Gunther Werks will soon return to its roots, with the announcement of an E30 M3 restomod project in the works – something many are eagerly anticipating.