A new version of the classy but ferocious middle child of the M4 series is set for release; unfortunately, it will only be available in Spain. The BMW M4 series is an irony within itself because it can be a laidback and comfortable cruiser for everyday use while it can also be a vicious opponent in the race track. There are two variants of the M4, the Standard M4 and the M4 GTS.
While there is an unlimited supply of the $65,000 Standard M4, there are only 700 units of the M4 GTS which is sold for $161,972. See the price gap between the two? Well, for many, the GTS being a limited-edition track beast is not enough reason for the outrageous disparity between the prices. So how does BMW respond to this ridiculous disparity? Simple. Put something in between the standard M4 and the GTS. And what do we get? Of course a version somewhere in between the sleek and chill standard M4 and the ferocious track beast that is the GTS.
Just recently, BMW revealed the newest M4 family member. Sporting an iconic CS or “Club Sport” moniker, the M4 CS is basically a toned down and “civilized” version of the GTS. Serving as a middle child of the standard M4 and the GTS, the M4 CS will be sold for €132,900 or approximately $150,000.
The M4 CS will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that is expected to produce around 450 horsepower, an increase from the standard 431 horsepower. It comes in a seven-speed DKG double-clutch transmission where power is supplied on its rear wheels. Since power has been increased, so will its top speed. From 155 mph, top speed will increase to approximately 174 mph. Backseats have also made a comeback in the M4 CS after being removed from the GTS for weight reduction purposes. There is also a new seat design for an improved grip. Other new features in the CS are the standard 20-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive M chassis, a rear spoiler similar to the GTS, a rear diffuser, and blacked out kidney grilles and side mirrors. Moreover, the CS version will come with standard carbon ceramic brakes and some carbon fiber on its front splitter and air curtains. By the looks of it, the M4 CS is basically closer to the GT4 than the standard version.
There are also three exterior color choices that will surely fit its owner’s personality; a variation of Brilliant White, San Marino Blue and Jerez Black. Benjamin Titz, BMW M media relations manager, has also revealed that the M4 CS will include an M4 Competition Package with M Performance Parts.
The bad news about the M4 CS is that it will only be made available to the Spanish domestic market. There is still no information on whether it can be imported into the U.S. what with all the importation laws that are strictly being implemented in the country. More bad news is that BMW will produce only 60 units of the M4 CS, each of which will be numbered. That just makes our chances of actually seeing one on the streets of L.A. down to zero.
Production has started and deliveries are set to begin late this year. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that BMW realizes that it will be such a waste not to flaunt this classic ferocity outside the borders of Spain.