BMW M GmbH has released another limited-run special edition model, this time it's the BMW M3 CS. The 3.0-liter high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. The M TwinPower Turbo propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. 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 (174 mph).
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. Equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic, the 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 minimize fuel consumption over longer journeys.
The suspension largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are extremely light. 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 fitted as standard with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tires, which are also road-legal. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tires.
Inside,there is generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara. Among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional.
Outside, the signature feature is the front end, complete with its twin LED headlights, front apron with large, three-section 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 minimize dynamic lift. These components are made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof.
Orders for the new BMW M3 CS can be placed from January 2018. 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. Pricing information was not released.
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