It is even more extreme than the M3 Competition
Maintaining its focus on adding more special-edition models to its product range in 2023, BMW has unveiled yet another interesting model - the 2023 BMW M3 CS.
Built on a lightweight construction featuring a large number of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components, plus increased engine power, a bespoke chassis setup, exclusive design features and a specification precision-honed to deliver an exhilarating performance experience on the track, the M3 CS goes from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.4 seconds.
It draws its power from a specially upgraded version of the high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 models.
This 3.0-litre unit also forms the basis for the engine that powered the BMW M4 GT3 to the DTM touring car title at the first time of asking in 2022.
Kicking out 550 hp and 650 Nm of torque, the six-cylinder in-line engine is paired with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Thanks to a long list of lightweight components that have gone into the powertrain, the M3 CS makes 40 hp more than the M3 Competition Sedan with M xDrive.
The chassis technology in the new BMW M3 CS has also been tuned precisely to the engine’s performance characteristics, the overall vehicle concept and its weight distribution.
The model-specific settings for the DSC system and M Dynamic Mode have also been purposefully geared to the specific demands of high-speed circuit driving.
The electronically controlled dampers of the adaptive M suspension on the new BMW M3 CS come in a model-specific setup as well, as do its electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and its integrated braking system.
Standard specification for the special-edition model includes M Compound brakes with brake callipers painted in a choice of Red or Black.
There is also the option of M Carbon ceramic brakes whose brake callipers are available in matt Gold or Red. Also on the standard equipment list for the new BMW M3 CS are forged M light-alloy wheels in an exclusive V-spoke design with a Gold Bronze finish.
These particular M light-alloy wheels can also be ordered in an optional matt Black finish. Measuring 19 inches in diameter at the front axle and 20 inches at the rear, the wheels are fitted as standard with track tyres that have been purpose-developed for the special-edition model and measure 275/35 ZR19 at the front and 285/30 ZR20 at the rear.
As an alternative to these tyres, which are specially designed for circuit driving, customers also have the no-cost option of high-performance tyres with the same dimensions.
The Frozen Solid White metallic paint finish available for the exterior is exclusive to the latest special-edition model from BMW M GmbH.
Exposed carbon-fibre surfaces for the roof, the two indents chiselled into the bonnet, the front splitter, front air intakes, M exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear apron combine with the Black side skirts and M gills to provide a stunning contrast to the new paint finish.
Signal Green solid, Brooklyn Grey metallic and Sapphire Black metallic are available as alternative exterior colours.
Inside, the driver and front passenger are welcomed as standard by M Carbon bucket seats in a model-specific design, upholstered in Merino leather with an exclusive design in a Black/Red colour scheme with distinctive contrast stitching.
Also fitted as standard in the new BMW M3 CS is the M Drive Professional system. Consequently, not only does the special-edition model benefit from the M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer functions.