In September, we brought you news of the BMW M2 CS, thanks to some leaked VIN numbers on Bimmerpost forums. Now, BMW is following up with another CS model. Only this is no hunch – BMW officially announced the M3 CS in a recent press release. BMW’s releasing the M3 as an exclusive, limited-run, hardcore version of what many consider the quintessential M car. It’s the first sedan to bear the CS badge, and BMW will sell just 1,200 units globally, due to “production factors.” So, just what will you get over a normal M3 with this exclusive model?
The M3 CS’ Performance – The Most Powerful M3 to Date
BMW bumped the output of the M3’s 3.0-liter, twin-turbo engine by 10 horsepower. That means the M3 CS’ engine churns out 460 horsepower, making it the most powerful M3 to date. That car will ship only with BMW’s seven-speed DCT automatic transmission, forgoing the manual to which the classic M3 clings. However, owners may not find that a major loss. With that transmission, the M3 CS sprints from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds – a shade faster than the normal M3. Getting that power and its additional 37 lbs.-ft. of torque (up to 442) to the ground are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.
More power is great, but less weight makes it even better. To that end, the CS is about 110 pounds lighter, thanks to carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) panels. That includes the hood, roof, front splitter, Gurney, and rear diffuser. All CS models will also come with the Driver’s Package (a $2,500 option on the standard M3).
That’s all the numbers, but what will make M3 CS experience special for its 1,200 lucky owners? BMW wants you to note its “accentuated sporting presence”, particularly over the standard M3. They also don’t want you to forget tradition. After all, the CS carries the torch of BMW-M special editions that started with the E30 M3 Evolution. Do you want a wonderful, sonorous experience with your M3 CS? No problem, says BMW – just fire up the engine and its four tailpipes will deliver a “feast for the ears”. If experience with previous M cars and this BMW M video are anything to go by, that claim may not be too far off the mark.
Interior – A Symphony in Alcantara and Leather.
Naturally, being a hardcore model, the interior has a sportier edge over the standard M3. The steering wheel, parts of the dashboard, and other interior trim is swathed in Alcantara. “CS” is also embroidered in the dashboard trim, just so you don’t forget you’re in something special.
Despite the changes, BMW still wants M3 CS buyers to have the luxuries of the standard car. Therefore, the CS still has automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon sound system and a navigation system. On top of that and the performance improvements, it will still clock 26 MPG combined. With four doors, it also offers up what BMW is calling a “perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality”.
BMW will start accepting orders for the new M3 CS in January 2018, with production starting in March. Full pricing isn’t available at time of writing.
What do you think of the M3 CS? Let us know in the comments! While we’re waiting for the M3 CS’ arrival, check out this review of the standard M3 and it’s coupe cousin, the M4.