If the 473-bhp BMW M4 with rear-wheel drive and a manual isn't enough for you, there's always the 503-bhp M4 Competition with xDrive all-wheel drive. And if that still isn't enough, well, there's the CSL.
With a price tag of £128,820 and a production run of just 1,000 units, very few people will ever sample the CSL's combination of lighter weight and even more power. Specifically, its twin-turbocharged six-pot cranks out 543 bhp, and there's 479 lb-ft of torque from 2,750 to 5,950 rpm. Combined with upgraded suspension components and a 110-kg reduction in mass, it can lap the Nürburgring in 7 minutes 20.2 seconds. It's the fastest series-production BMW to ever lap the Nordschleife.
Gallery: 2022 BMW M4 CSL
As this new video from AutoTopNL shows, it also has no problem getting to the Nürburgring with exceptional haste. This clip takes us along for a ride in the hottest M4, including multiple acceleration runs down unrestricted sections of German autobahn. BMW says the M4 CSL is electronically limited to 191 mph. This car featured here is still factory stock, but it manages to clock 192 mph before the driver lifts off the throttle.
And it sure seems like there's more speed on deck before the Bimmer runs out of steam. Acceleration slows above 186 mph, but it remains steady up to the top speed. Provided the limiter doesn't kick in, could the M4 reach 200 mph given enough room to run?
Of course, the M4 CSL wasn't designed to be a straight-line machine. Wielding the aforementioned suspension tweaks along with upgraded aerodynamics, plenty of carbon fibre components, and an interior without a back seat, its best destiny is that of a corner carver. That's further supported by its rear-wheel-drive layout versus all-wheel drive, making it a bit slower than the lower-powered M4 Competition to 60 mph. Still, when the corners give way to straights, the 543-bhp punch looks like one hell of a ride.
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