BMW goes OTT with new M3 CS

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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.

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