2023 BMW M3 CS debuts with lightweight stuff and 550 hp


The 7th gen BMW 3 Series lineup is now joined by the M3 CS, scheduled to go on sale in March 2023. Production will take place in limited numbers at the BMW Group Plant Munich, but the company didn’t share exactly how many units it is building. In Germany, the new M3 CS carries a base price of €122,689.08 (excluding 19% VAT and any options). That bracing in the engine bay is actually a €1,100 option. For anyone wondering, the regular M3 sedan starts at €75,042.02 in Germany.

So, what do you get for that extra 47,000+ Euros? Well, for starters, you get more aggressive looks, thanks to extra black elements and a generous application of carbon fibre aero bits. You can also probably notice red pinstriping around the grille, and the running lights are yellow as opposed to white. The BMW Laserlight headlights are included as standard, as are forged M light-alloy wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch at the rear) in an exclusive V-spoke design with a Gold Bronze finish; matt black finish is optional. The rims are wrapped with track-focused tyres of sizes 275/35 ZR19 at the front and 285/30 ZR20 at the rear as standard, but buyers also have the no-cost option of high-performance tyres with the same dimensions.

The electronically controlled dampers of the adaptive M suspension on the new M3 CS likewise come in a model-specific setup, as do its electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and its integrated braking system. Thanks to lightweight construction, including CFRP roof, titanium rear silencer and standard M Carbon bucket seats, the new M3 CS shaves a total of 20 kg (44 lbs) compared with the M3 Competition Sedan with M xDrive.

On the inside, as mentioned, you get M Carbon bucket seats as standard, with contrast elements. The seats are electrically adjustable and heated. You can also probably notice carbon fibre on the steering wheel, centre console and dashboard. The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara, and behind the wheel, you’ll find CFRP shift paddles. While you get the usual 12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen, a Head-Up Display remains an optional extra, as does the BMW Drive Recorder. However, standard two-zone automatic climate control and Harman Kardon Surround Sound System sweeten the deal.

Mounted on model-specific specially designed engine mounts is a 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo motor that pumps out 405 kW (550 metric hp) at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque from 2,750 to 5,950 rpm. Compared with the regular M3, you get 70 metric hp and 100 Nm more here. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission that drives the rear wheels. The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 302 km/h (188 mph). The vehicle weighs 1,765 kg (3,891 lbs) unladen (DIN).

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