The BMW M3 is an icon, but even a car of its performance caliber just doesn’t cut it for some enthusiasts. For those performance junkies, there is now the M3 CS.
Like the M4 CS, the limited-edition BMW M3 CS is a firecracker, amplifying the performance of the regular M3 with more power and a lighter weight. It’s the first four-door BMW to wear the “CS” badge.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- Power is provided by a revised version of the standard M3’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, one that has been tuned to churn out 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The engine breathes through an M-made sports exhaust system.
- All power is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the performance-tuned German sedan to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stop in 3.7 seconds — 0.2 seconds faster than the regular M3 — on route to a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
- BMW’s engineers were able to cut weight by 110 pounds (50 kg) thanks to the generous use of carbon fiber components. The hood, roof panel, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser are all made from the lightweight material, contributing to an overall lighter sports sedan.
- The interior boasts lightweight sport seats and retains many, if not most of the, convenience and tech features found on the regular M3, including all five seats, automatic climate control and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
- The interior also comes with an M sports steering wheel and more Alcantara trim than in the lesser M3.
- Orders begin in May 2018. If you want one, act fast, because production is limited to 1,200 units worldwide, and only 550 is allocated to America.
If you’re looking for a stripped-out track car, the BMW M3 CS isn’t it. But it looks to be a legitimate halo car and a fun and practical car for just about any man… even without a manual transmission.
Do you want one?