BMW goes OTT with new M3 CS
Anybody remember the original BMW 3.0 CS?
Well, its spiritual successor may well be the new exclusive, limited-run special-edition BMW M3 CS, although its four-door bodyshell contrast with the sleek two-door coupe shape of the original.
And it’s not just about styling, for the 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the standard M3 by 26kW, raising it to 343kW. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, while returning 8.3 L/100 km.
The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h. With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and DoubleVanos fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance.
Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.
The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M double clutch transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel.
It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.
The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS sees the links and wheel carriers made from forged aluminium. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track.
Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering.
The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20).
These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.
Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS sees the generous use of twotone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara. Yet nothing is cut for the sake of lightness, with automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the navigation system Professional.
True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, threesection air intakes.
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 carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof.
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.