BMW has finally revealed their long-awaited special edition M3 CS model. It’s the very first non-coupe model to receive the ‘CS’ badge, and it’s a missile of a super-saloon that’s packed with an array of important numbers.
The first and most important number is 1200, this being the number of examples that BMW will give to the entire world. Country allocations have yet to be finalised, but it’s thought that less than 100 CS badged cars will make it to the UK.
To make the M3 CS a bit special BMW has breathed on the 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo motor to give it a whopping 454bhp. This is a 10bhp increase in power over the current ranging topping M3 Competition Package model. It also gets more torque as well with a total of 442lb-ft, a 37lb-ft increase over its nearest M-badged sibling. The M Division team has also improved the soundtrack with a revised M Sport exhaust finished with shiny stainless steel tailpipes.
BMW has also put the M3 CS on an advanced tech weight-loss diet by fitting it with a host of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic body panels. All of this work contributes to a weight loss of 50kg which in turn helps give the car a lower centre of gravity.
To finish the visual and speed enhancements on the car, BMW has fitted massive superlight DTM style wheels measuring in at 20 inches by ten at the rear with a 19inches by nine at the front. These uber-cool wheels are shod in gravity-defying Michelin Pilot Super Sports tyres in each corner.
Inside these massive wheels, buyers can option a set of ceramic disc brakes with huge six-piston calipers for track use. As standard the M3 CS is fitted with a set of ‘M compound’ brakes which are lighter than standard versions according to BMW, this helps reduce the unsprung weight and mass leading to better handling.
To make sure the M3 CS takes advantage of its new lightweight body, the M Division boffins have tweaked the spring and damper settings alongside the addition of a new carbon-fibre boot spoiler which helps to significantly reduce rear-axle lift at speed.
On the inside, everything is trimmed in Alcantara and leather along with a special red start button on the dash and a special ‘CS’ logo to ensure you know what car you’re driving. This special spec continues with lightweight ‘M’ seats and the usual array of BMW luxury items including the excellent Harmon Kardon sound system, satellite navigation and climate control.
Sadly for the save the manuals brigade, the M3 CS can only be specced with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with no manual option available.
Now for the final set of numbers that all of these changes make. 0-62mph is dispatched in just 3.9 seconds, a 0.1 shaving from the Competition Package model. The top speed though is now a massive 174mph thanks to the ‘M Drivers’ package, which is fitted as standard.
Want one? Of course, you do. One very slight issue though is the price which chimes in at a colossal £86,630 before any options. For sanity sake, it's a massive £25,000 more than an M3 with the Competition Package. The order book opens in early 2018 with production slated to start shortly afterwards.
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