I have been away for a while; I turned into dark side, but only for a while
After I sold my 2nd E46 M3 coupe that was SilverGrey with SMGII and with a few mods, I wanted to buy a CSL. However, as Ufuk said AKA Dirim, there is no 2005 modelyear CSL, so the unregistered CSL I found in Luxemburg with 700km was forbidden by law to import Turkey. This happened in 2005 December/2006 January. So I skipped that car. (what a shame
For a while, I thought of ordering a M3 CS, but it wasn't what I really want; it would be my 3rd E46 M3 and I wanted somthing different. So I decided to buy a Porsche; after a few months of thinking what to get. In the mean time I drove a E90 320d sedan for 2 months.
I don't want to hijack the thread; so I'll cut it short. I got my 07 911 Carrera S coupe in meteor grey with sand beige full leather. The car was manual and had sports chassie (-20 mm) with LSD; with some other options but not sunroof again.
Unfortunately, even it was a fast car and handsome one, I never liked the car; especially after I changed my car with my friend's CSL for the weekend.
The noise, interior, seats, carbon parts, SMGII shifts (it was noticable different than my other M3s SMGII software), directness of the car, handling, exterior design and the huge FUN factor.
Approaching to a corner, you brake hard, downshift from 4th gear to 2nd gear, perfectly match downshifts with noisy blip of throttles, you turn in, hit the apex and then on the throttle again; 90 degree opposite lock with the steering wheel while you are hearing the mervalous intake noise and then comes the next corner
The car is the
That weekend I drove the car approx. 400 km; in the city, 2 way curvy road in a forest and on the highway. Only downside was, IMO, the long 4th-5th and never ending 6th gear ratios, especially after the Carrera S' close ratio gear box. Well, Porsche was faster in terms of acceleration; that was for sure. But the CSL was way more FUN
So in May 2008, I sold my Porsche which I never like really. The main reason was stiffness of the sports chassie which was way stiffer than CSL. Thus it was very uncomfortable; even on the highways, but I opted for it in order to get LSD because 911s with PASM (Porsche Active Suspansion Management) don't have LSD
Also I didn't like to use stick all the time which had factory option short shifter. (Unfortunately at the time of buying there was no kind of SMG style gearbox on Porsche; only 2 pedal cars were with slushbox.) That made the throw of the stick notchier and the car had a heavy clutch. One other reason was that the engine was in the wrong place..
As a result, I decided to wait for the E92 M3 CSL which I believe sometime in 2 years BMW will decide to produce it evenif they state that "there won't be an E92 CSL" and this car would be the best driver's car ever produced by BMW, hopefully.
Until that day, I decided to drive an Audi TTS coupe which is a relatively fast car with some good handling characteristics served with an excellent interior quality packed with sportish exterior and offered with a decent price tag which is not cheap but easy to sell when the right time comes
So I wish all the CSL owners on the board good health to enjoy and drive their beloved cars
CSL deserves this Love.