The BMW 3.0CSi initially started out in early 1971 as the BMW 3.0CS. The BMW 3.0CS was essentially a slightly bored out version of the 2800CS. The BMW 3.0CS had a 3.0 litre in-line 6-cylinder engine with twin Zenith carburetors, all producing 180 horsepower. In the fall of 1971 BWM introduced a fuel injected version of this car, the 3.0CSi, which along with a slightly higher compression ratio, produced 200 horsepower. All other aspects of the 3.0CSi were the same as the 3.0CS.
A 1973 BMW 3.0CSi
The BMW 3.0CSi was available in model years 1972 to 1975. During that time BMW produced about 8,200 of these cars. The cars that were produced after 1974 had the larger “5 mph” bumpers.
The engine in the BMW 3.0CSi was tilted to the right by 30 degrees allowing the fuel and air intake system to be lowered which resulted in a lower hood profile.
The BMW 3.0CSi Was A Lively Performer
The BMW 3.0CSi was a very good performing car. The performance figures that I have for the car show a 0 – 60 mph time of 8.5 seconds, a 0 – 100 mph time of 24.2 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 16.4 seconds at a speed of 84 mph. The reported top speed is in the 130 to 136 mph range. This BMW 3.0 CSi was definitely eligible for the left lane.
The Only Visible Difference Between the 3.0CS and 3.0CSi Is The Emblem On The Trunk Lid
The wheels on the BMW 3.0CSi are quite attractive. The standard tires were 195/70VR-14 ,which seem a little tall by today’s standards. These cars were fitted with disc brakes on all four corners.
The BMW 3.0CSi was only available as a pillarless coupe or “hardtop” configuration. The profile of these cars is quite attractive.
I do not recall what transmission this particular car had, but either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmissions were available.
This 1973 Model Avoided the New Bumper Regulations That Began in 1974
The are quite nice cars in all aspects and certainly would look good in anybody’s driveway and perform well on the road as well.