Lighter, More Potent, Yet Still as Comfortable: the BMW M3 CS

November 8, 2017

First came the BMW M4 CS. After the lightweight M Performance two-door comes another equally feather-light yet potent machine: the BMW M3 CS. As the name implies, this number takes all the best bits of the racy M3 and throws in more ponies to this comfortable yet sporty sedan.

It begins with a 3.0-liter TwinPower inline-6 turbo motor that delivers 460hp and 600Nm of torque. Those numbers are 10 more than the already powerful M3 with Competition Package and 28 horses more than the standard M3. Power is coursed to the drive wheels via 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic amd Active M Differential.

The extra ponies allow the BMW M3 CS to sprint from, rest to the century mark in just 3.7 seconds and hit an electronically-governed top speed of 280kph. Of course, the driver can have a bit of fun while getting up to, and staying, at speed. Thanks to Drivelogic, one can choose between Comfort, Sport, and Sport+, as well as tune the quad-pipe exhaust note to their liking.

To tell the BMW M3 CS apart from its standard and Competition Package siblings, look for touches like the large air vents up front, the slim kidney grille flanked by LED headlights, and a rear Gurney Flap, among others. The look is completed by a set of Orbit Grey Matt, German Touring Car Championship (DTM)-inspired forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup rubber sized 265/35R19 up front and 285/30R19 at the rear.

Just like the exterior, the cabin gets a dose of CS and M3 Competition Package bits. The anthracite-colored sports steering wheel, along with M sports seats are just some examples. The Silverstone/Black cabin is enhanced by a host of CS badges.

BMW will only offer a total of 1,200 M3 CS units beginning in January of 2018. a

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.