1973 BMW 3.0 CSI


(from BMW Press Release)   The desire for even better performance was satisfied by BMW in 1968 with an in-line six-cylinder engine. When fitted to the BMW 2800 CS, the 2.8 litre power unit delivered 170 hp. The lines of the vehicle were stretched by means of a longer bonnet and the proportions perfected; round, dual headlights ensured a sporty look. The BMW 2800 CS embodied a unique totality of sportiness and luxury. The BMW 3.0 CS, the BMW 3.0 CSi and the BMW 3.0 CSL followed until 1973, propelled by 3.0 litre engines which delivered 180 hp and 200 hp; the most powerful 3.2-litre version developed 206 hp. These models were conceived as motor sport vehicles, a field in which they dominated far into the 1970s. The BMW 3.0 CSL with its uncompromisingly reduced weight is remembered as a pioneer in the art of intelligent lightweight construction for production vehicles.

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