First-ever BMW M3 CS is lighter and more powerful than regular model

Article by Christian A., on November 8, 2017

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.

Press Release

The new BMW M3 CS

BMW M GmbH is presenting another exclusive, limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M3 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). With its accentuated sporting presence, the new M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. At the same time, the four-door high-performance sedan serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality.

The 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.

The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.

The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara creates a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class. No M3 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional. True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes. The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

Orders for the new BMW M3 CS can be placed from January 2018. The special-edition model – which will be limited to a run of approximately 1,200 units due to production factors – will be built from March 2018.

Source: BMW

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