BMW has announced the first-ever BMW M3 CS, a special-edition model that delivers a fine blend of high performance and complete everyday practicality.
The engineers at BMW M GmbH have succeeded in intensifying the dynamic, emotion-packed character of the BMW M3 with a carefully crafted ensemble of modifications.
The extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), has kept the first-ever BMW M3 CS extremely light; around 110 lb less than a standard M3.
Large sections of the body are also made from CFRP, including the hood, which is around 25 per cent lighter than that of the regular BMW M3.
The CFRP roof alone is more than 13 pounds lighter than a conventional steel version. These changes effectively lower the car’s centre 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 fibre. This aerodynamic spoiler lip running across the trailing edge of the trunk lid significantly reduces rear-axle lift.
In the interests of everyday practicality, the M3 CS forgoes a roll cage.
The first-ever BMW M3 CS is rooted not only in unique suspension set-up (in terms of spring/damper settings), but also in a moderate increase in power for the M TwinPower Turbo technology six-cylinder inline engine.
Fitted in the M3 CS it develops 453 hp at 6,250 rpm (+28 hp) and peak torque 443 lb/ft from 4,000 to 5,380 rpm (+37 lb/ft).
The unmistakable roar of the twin turbo engine is enhanced by the M sports exhaust system that has been specially tuned for the CS and whose quartet of stainless steel tailpipes blend perfectly into the CFRP rear diffuser.