BMW just unveiled its latest special edition for the M3. Dubbed the CS, the new German rocket seeks to combine everyday driveability and luxury with even greater performance potential courtesy of its M Division boffins.
Kicking it off is more muscle from the 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline six-cylinder. Peak output is now rated at 453 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, an increase of 28 ponies and 37 pound-feet respectively. Redline is set at 7,600 rpm. All told, the CS is both quicker and faster than the standard M3, doing the 0-to-60 mph shimmy in 3.7 seconds and topping out at an electronically limited 174 mph. Making the good noises is an M Sports exhaust system with special sound tuning exclusive to the CS model. Routing the muscle to the rear is a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox with launch control and paddle shifters.
Outside, you’ll find a generous helping of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which was added to the roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, and Gurney flap, cutting as much as 110 pounds from the car’s curb weight. That makes it sprightly, especially with the unique tuning for the springs and dampers. Standard spec includes Adaptive M Suspension components, which offer a variety of driving modes ranging between Comfort and Sport. An Active M Differential was added as well. The wheel design was inspired by DTM racers, and come staggered at 20 inches in back and 19 inches in front. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires make the traction, while optional carbon ceramic brakes haul it down.
There’s new stuff inside as well, with Alacantara upholstery and two-tone Merino leather in Silverstone and black. M Sport seats, automatic climate control, and a Harman Kardon stereo keep it civil.
The 2018 BMW M3 CS will be offered globally, but is limited at 1,200 units total, only 550 of which will come stateside. Order books open May of 2018. Pricing is thus far unannounced.