BMW has given birth to another high-performance model that essentially brings the dynamism, expressiveness, practicality and on-the-road superiority into a whole new level – the new BMW M3 (F80) CS.
With the four-door BMW M4 CS initially posting resounding success, it was inevitable that BMW would create a second model having the same designation. Just like the M4 CS, the new four-door M3 CS is lighter and faster than the model (M3) from which it was derived.
As the first-ever BMW M3 CS special-edition model, there is a need to make sure that its appearance promptly conveys its performance capabilities. Its three-dimensionally contoured front end is defined by a slender kidney grille flanked by the twin headlight units featuring state-of-the-art LED technology. The three-part front apron of the new M3 CS underscores its dynamic nature while providing the needed efficient cooling for both the powerful twin-turbo six-cylinder engine and the powerful braking system.
The new BMW M3 CS comes with a front splitter made from lightweight exposed carbon fiber. The restyled “Gurney Flap” at the rear is also made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) while the CFRP rear diffuser is adopted from the BMW M4 GTS. The dynamic appearance of the rear end is matched by four stainless-steel tailpipes of the dual-branch, CS-specific M sports exhaust system.
BMW is offering the new M3 CS with the BMW Individual High gloss Shadow Line trim as well as darkened rear light units. Five exterior colors could be picked from, including the Alpine White as standard. Other color options include Black Sapphire Metallic, Frozen Dark Blue II Metallic, Lime Rock Grey Metallic and San Marino Blue Metallic.
Inside, the new M3 CS is laden with leather -- in an exclusive two-tone Silverstone/Black finish -- and Alcantara. Front occupants are accommodated in lightweight M sports seats. The rear seats are wrapped in Merino leather in two-tone Silverstone/Black combo with grey contrast stitching. The front seat belts now feature the familiar BMW M stripes. Drivers are treated to the M sports steering wheel wrapped in anthracite-colored Alcantara with a silver 12 o’clock marker. The handbrake lever is wrapped in Alcantara with grey contrast stitching.
By extensively employing CFRP, the new BMW M3 CS is around 110 lbs lighter than a standard M3. Parts employing CFRP include the hood and roof. The use of this material also lowered the M3’s center of gravity, allowing the special edition to offer better agile handling. To ensure that the M3 CS offers everyday practicality, it was given no roll cage.
Powering the new BMW M3 CS is an inline 6-cylinder engine that has been tuned to deliver more output and more torque than in a regular M3. As a result, it delivers 453 hp (plus 28 hp) of max output and 443 lb-ft (plus 37 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This allows the new BMW M3 CS to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed -- with the M Driver’s Package as standard – of 174 mph. Power is sent to the rear wheels of the BMW M3 CS through a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This M DCT unit comes with shift paddles on the steering wheel to allow the driver to implement manual gear changes.
As standard, the new M3 CS rides on forged light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey Matt. Its 10-spoke design is inspired by the rims of the M4 cars in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) race series. The wheels (9 J x 19-inch front and 10 J x 20-inch rear) are shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (265/35 R 19 at the front and 285/30 R 20 at the rear).
BMW is planning to produce just around 1,200 examples of the new BMW M3 CS, with around 550 units allocated for the United States. Orders in the US are set to open in May 2018. BMW will announce the price of the new 2018 BMW M3 CS closer to market launch.