This is the new BMW M3 CS. The propeller brand perpetuates its traditions. After the previous generation of M3 which benefited from a CS version at the end of 2017, with increased power and reduced weight, the manufacturer is today unveiling the new model which follows the same recipe. The M3 CS G80 is only available with an automatic transmission. It is distinguished by its xDrive all-wheel drive (possibility of switching to 100% propulsion) unlike its predecessor which was only rear-wheel drive.
The engineers of BMW M have upgraded the 3.0L twin-turbo “S58” engine to 543hp, matching something ready for the power of the M4 CSL. The maximum torque of 650 Nm remains unchanged compared to the M3 Competition xDrive on which the M3 CS is based.
The M3CS has a reduced weight of 34 kg thanks to the use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the bonnet, the front splitter, the air intakes, the side mirror caps, the rear diffuser and the “spoiler “. The roof, gearshift paddles and center console are also made from this lightweight and durable material.
To reduce its weight, the M3 CS is equipped with a titanium rear silencer and two carbon front seats. The air vents and rear controls were also removed. the M4 CSL took the extra step by removing the rear seats, but that doesn’t make sense for a four-door car like the M3. The two previous generations of M3 CS and M5CS had rear seats, although the latter ditched the bench seat to make way for two individual seats for better lateral support.
The M3 CS reaches 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, two tenths faster than the M3 Competition. It is fitted as standard with M Driver’s Package which electronically limits the speed to 303 km/h. The design is assumed, with its exposed carbon fiber hood reminiscent of the M4 CSLits daytime running lights in yellow and the outline of the grille in red.
The M3 CS is available in different colors such as black, gray and white. The interior includes electric and heated front seats with illuminated “CS” logos, Merino leather with Mugello red accents, door sill plates with “M3 CS” badging, an Alcantara steering wheel and the colors M on seat belts.
Rejuvenation inside this M3 CS since it takes over the infotainment system and the double screen of the last BMW X1. An effort that had not been made on the M4 CSL, which inherited the old system.
The M3 CS is fitted with optional carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. Production will be limited but no specific figures have been announced. The starting price is €120,000. As for the production, it will start in March in the Munich factory.