BMW has unveiled a limited-run special-edition M3 CS, similar in the lines of M4 CS that was unveiled earlier this year. BMW said that the M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 M3 Evolution.
At 460 hp, the 3.0 TwinPower Turbo petrol makes 10 hp more than the M3 Competition Package, enough to propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). M Driver’s Package comes as standard and so is the sports exhaust system.
Transmission is a 7-speed M Double Clutch (M DCT) with Drivelogic. As for the suspension, it mirrors that of the M3 Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics, said BMW.
Also standard is the Adaptive M suspension, Dynamic Stability Control – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential.
The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (19 front, 20 rear) are fitted as standard with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, one finds a generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara, Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional.
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 carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), and so are the bonnet and roof.
Orders for the new 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.