This page: A brochure explaining BMW's legendary E9 coupe series of the early 1970s.
BMW 3.0 CSL, 3.0 CSi and 3.0 CS.
The circa 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL, 3.0 CSi and 3.0 CS six-cylinder coupes feature in this classic car brochure review. The BMW E9-series coupes were built from 1968 to 1975, and replaced the earlier four-cylinder 2000 CS.
The first E9 was in fact the 2800 CS of 1968 (not covered by this brochure), the 3.0 litre cars - 3.0CS and 3.0CSi - came along and replaced the 2800 in 1971, the former fed by twin carburettors and the latter by Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection. It was the latter that was the basis for the barnstorming 3.0 CSL, or "lightweight", a homologation special designed to take on the competition in the European Touring Car Championship of the early 1970s. Lighter steel was used in the bodywork (still put together by Karmann on behalf of BMW), and the doors, bootlid and bonnet were now in aluminium, just some of the weight-saving measures introduced with the CSL.
Initially the 3.0 CSL was powered by a tuned 2986cc engine, this was soon enlarged slightly to 3003cc, and in 1973 was increased yet further to 3153cc. It was at this time that the "Batmobilie" aerodynamic kit was introduced.
This brochure is dated August 1974 and features the BMW E9 CS, CSi and CSL. The cars' specification, trim options, engine specs and more are all covered. Details of the Batmobile aero package are also described in detail.