After a one-year hiatus forced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Essen motor show is back for 2021. Europe’s largest auto show dedicated to the tuning scene currently hosts a variety of BMWs, but there are a few cars that stand out from the crowd. We can all agree that the M3 CSL is one of the stars, described by BMW pals as “the best of the E46”.

Honestly, it sounds a bit too flashy for our liking, but we’re willing to ditch that given the peculiarity and rarity of these Lightweight Sport Coupe cars. Only 1,383 units were produced and all of them lost 110 kilograms (243 pounds) compared to the M3 coupe while gaining an additional 17 hp and 5 Nm from the same S54B32 engine. All of them have been finished in either Sapphire Black or Silver Gray, and we hope that this overly glitzy shiny gold finish is just a body wrap rather than an actual paint job.

BMW Z8 57 830x553 road test

Speaking of rare cars, although much less exclusive than the M3 CSL, the stunning Z8 to die for is also taking part in the Essen Motor Show this year. The fine example of the roadster rides on Alpina wheels and has the fabric roof instead of the color-matched hardtop that shipped with every car. 5,703 modern tributes to the classic 507 have been made, with a design that never gets old. We’d say it looks even better with the hardtop, but that’s a matter of taste at the end of the day.

There are many more BMWs that you can experience at the show in Germany, ranging from current models like the M4 Competition to some older ones like an M3 E30. In addition, Essen is home to a few specially designed drift cars, namely a G82 and an E30 from Red Bull Driftbrothers. The event kicked off this weekend and will end in a week from today, December 5th.

You can see all of the BMWs participating in the 2021 Essen Motor Show at the source link below.

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