Earlier this year, BMW let the incredible M4 CS loose on the world’s roads. A harder, sharper, special edition variant of the M4, it took its inspiration from the realm of DTM racing. Now, BMW have given the same treatment to their fantastic M3. Enter the BMW M3 CS.
M3 CS is the latest in a line of special edition M cars that actually began with another M3 – the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. Much like its M4 CS counterpart, this is a limited-run special-edition M3 variant that features sharper handling, more power and faster speeds. The added bonus of this being an M3 based performance variant? The M3’s four-door practicality blended with even more dynamism and performance.
Once again powered by BMW’s fantastic twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six engine, M3 CS produces 454bhp and 442lb ft. When compared to an M3 with the Competition Pack fitted, that’s an increase of 10bhp and 36lb ft of torque and a subsequent 0-62mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 174mph.
Ensuring suitable noise is supplied along with the drama of the power available, BMW have revisited the sports exhaust system and have specially tuned it for the M3 CS so that, in BMW’s words, it “lays on a feast for the ears”. Before hitting the wheels, M3 CS feeds power through a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) that features BMW’s ‘Drivelogic’ system. It’s a very clever transmission that has its own separate oil cooler and allows for lightning fast gear changes.
As well as increased power, handling characteristics have been sharpened thanks to a similar package to that of the M3 Competition Pack. That means Adaptive M suspension, with all of the driving modes that you would expect, and lightweight forged aluminium front and rear links and wheel carriers. Whilst the equipment may be similar to M4 CS, the control systems for the aforementioned adaptive M suspension, DSC and the Active M Differential have all been modified to suit the all-new M3 CS.
Externally, M3 CS is defined by subtle, specially designed, body modifications and special edition wheels that have been inspired by those that you see on BMW’s DTM touring car; they wear Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres for ultimate levels of grip. Internally, occupants are treated to a beautiful mixture of two-tone leather in Silverstone/Black, lots of Alcantara and a healthy dose of carbon fibre.
Of course, maintaining the comfort and practicality of the standard M3, there’s automatic climate control, a Harmon Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional all coming as standard specification.
With orders starting in January 2018, BMW will start their limited production of just 1,200 M3 CS’ from March 2018. Should you wish to know more information about the fantastic new BMW M3 CS or you’d like to enquire with one of our dealerships,