2025 BMW M4 CS debuts with CSL numbers


It’s okay, CSL owners, it’s okay to not be okay.

BMW has added the M4 CS to its second-gen M4 lineup, priced at €160,000 in Germany (including 19% VAT). Unlike the M4 CSL that debuted in mid-2022, this thang is not limited in any way; BMW intends to sell as many as people want it. For those wondering, the M4 CS costs €52,700 more than the M4 Competition M xDrive.

Visually, the M4 CS looks almost identical to the M4 CSL, except for, of course, those new headlight internals. Carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) elements have been generously used throughout the car, which include the roof, the bonnet, the front splitter, air intake inserts, mirror caps, a gurney-style rear spoiler, and of course, the rear diffuser. Forged M light-alloy wheels (19-inch at the front and 20-inch at the rear) further help in keeping the weight in check. You might be wondering, “How much does this car weigh?” Well, the unladen DIN weight as per the spec sheet is 1,760 kg (3,880 lbs), which is 135 kg (298 lbs) more than the M4 CSL and 35 kg (77 lbs) more than the M4 Competition Coupe, but you’ll be glad to know that it is lighter by 15 kg (33 lbs) compared with the M4 Competition Coupe M xDrive.

The M4 CS also boasts model-specific wheel camber and anti-roll bar settings. The adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers comes standard, and of course, is specifically tuned for the model. M compound brakes come standard, but buyers get to choose the M carbon ceramic brakes from the options list. An M front-end strut brace is also an optional extra, but is claimed to increase torsional rigidity and improve handling—especially at corners.

But anyway, underneath that bonnet lies a 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo petrol engine that pumps out 404.5 kW (550 metric hp) at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque from 2,750 and 5,950 rpm. Literally the same figures as those of the M4 CSL, but I guess the CSL owners will comfort themselves with the fact that their car weighs significantly less. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed automatic gearbox, but there’s also the M xDrive AWD system here—which is not the case with the CSL.

Which I think also explains why despite being heavier than the CSL, the M4 CS is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds (0.3 seconds quicker than the CSL). For those wondering, the previous-gen M4 CS offered 338 kW (460 metric hp) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft).

Inside, you’ll find some more carbon fibre, which all have contributed to the aforementioned unladen weight. The so-called M Carbon bucket seats come standard here. The M Drive Professional system comes standard, which includes functions such as the M Drift Analyzer, the M Laptimer, and a 10-stage M Traction Control.

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