2018 BMW M3 CS pushes the M3 platform even further

The BMW M3 CS is limited to 1,200 units and will go on sale next year, 2018.

The covers are off for BMW’s first ever M3 CS, a special edition model of the already potent M3. What we get is a lighter, more powerful, and meaner looking M3 complete with all the bells and whistles available for the variant.

There is extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) found in large sections of the body and the hood, bringing the M3 CS’ weight down an impressive 50kg over the standard M3. These changes effectively lower the car’s center of gravity, which endows the BMW M3 CS with even better agile handling. The back of the vehicle features a redesigned “Gurney Flap” in exposed carbon fiber. This aerodynamic spoiler lip running across the trailing edge of the trunk lid significantly reduces rear-axle lift.

The M3 CS also gets a moderate increase in power from the M TwinPower Turbo technology 6-cylinder inline engine. It develops 453 hp at 6250 rpm (+28 hp) and peak torque 443 lb-ft from 4000 to 5380 rpm (+37 lb-ft). The sound of the twin turbo engine is enhanced by the M sports exhaust system that has been specially tuned for the M3 CS with the tailpipes blending into the CFRP rear diffuser, which was lifted from the M4 GTS. The high power output of the 3.0-liter engine can be attributed to its free-revving design of the M TwinPower Turbo technology utilizing two mono-scroll turbochargers, which combined with High Precision Direct Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing control ensure the 6-cylinder unit delivers its power to maximum effect. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels of the first-ever BMW M3 CS via the proven 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic.

The first-ever BMW M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M Suspension, offering the driver the choice between Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, including different damper settings in each of the three modes. Three different settings for the precise electromechanical steering of the M3 CS can also be selected at the touch of a button.

The cabin of the BMW M3 CS is done in leather (in an exclusive two-tone Silverstone/Black finish) and Alcantara. Both the driver and front passenger settle into lightweight M sports seats fitted in the M3 with Competition Package, with the rear seats  likewise upholstered in Merino leather in an exclusive two-tone Silverstone/Black combination with grey contrast stitching. The sports seats in the first-ever BMW M3 CS guarantee optimum lateral support, even when powering around a track, yet they are also very comfortable on long journeys. The familiar BMW M stripes have been incorporated into the front seat belts. Wrapped in exclusive, anthracite-colored Alcantara with a silver 12 o’clock marker, the BMW M3 CS gets a meaty M sports steering wheel, door sills are inscribed with M3 CS lettering, and a Harman Kardon sound system with BMW’s navi system provide creature comforts.