If you are a huge fan of the hardcore GTS version, you probably know that the closest you could get to that model is the upgraded model of the M4 -- the BMW M4 CS that has a 460 horsepower (343-kilowatt) engine capable of going from 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. But guess what? It seems like the four-door M3 will be getting the same treatment sometime soon.
Well, the German company has been making use of their “CS” trademark filings. BMW has filed “CS” names with trademarks that range from “M1 CS” to “M8 CS” - that is a lot if you think about it. This is probably their strategy to keep up with the growing lineup of Mercedes-AMG vehicles.
In fact, it was stated by Bimmer Today, a German publication, that the new M3 (F80) CS will be the most powerful M3 of all time, and it is scheduled to come out next year. It will be getting 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) from the same 3.0-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine, as that of the M4 CS. According to some rumours, the engine will be paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
They will be very similar in that the M3 (F80) CS will also be going through a hardcore diet to lose some more weight. It currently weighs at 3,540 pounds (1,605 kilograms), but it needs to be more track-ready in terms of weight. To be able to achieve this, a carbon fiber hood, carbon front splitter, a rear diffuser, a lip spoiler, and some extra vents on the grille will be added to the M3 CS, along with new wheels and tires. The GTS’ cool OLED tail lamps will also be carried over to the M3 CS.
According to Bimmer Today, the M3 CS will be able to hit the Nurburgring with a lap time of under 7:40 with all the upgrades stated earlier, plus a set of very sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires - just a few seconds away from its two-door cousin. That sounds quite impressive, but do you think it will be able to beat the current four-door record holder? That is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio with a lap time of 7:32.
The BMW M3 CS will make its debut in spring 2018, and will serve as the last variation of the F80 model before the company replaces it with the new G20-gen 3 Series in the near future. In other news, we have been hearing that there might also be an M2 CS that is on its way.