BMW has unveiled its powerful new M3 CS.
The four-door performance hardtop is due in Australia in the second half of this year and will start at $249,900 (before road costs), which is about $100,000 more than the standard M3.
Power comes from an upgraded version of the M3’s twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine which produces 405 kW and 650 Nm, 30 kW more than the M3 competition. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The M3 CS engine has powerful acceleration thanks to its peak torque being delivered at 2,750 rpm.
The M3 CS can hit 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, which is a slight improvement over the M3 competition. The top speed is electronically limited to 305 km / h.
The M3 CS isn’t just about the raw numbers, it’s a much more focused machine with a lot of performance improvements.
The engine benefits from BMW’s motorsport pedigree as it carries on multiple elements of the brand’s GT3 and GTM racers.
BMW has eliminated weight through the extensive use of lightweight elements such as the all-carbon hood and roof, and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic elements both inside and out.
A stiffer body structure will enhance handling and multiple driving modes can increase the car’s sporting characteristics.
The titanium exhaust with matte black tailpipes adds character.
Owners can choose to wrap the front 19-inch and rear 20-inch alloy wheels with either high-performance or track tires.
The standard red caliper brake can be replaced with an optional ceramic brake for increased stopping power.
Inside, front occupants are greeted by heated, electronically adjustable M Carbon bucket seats wrapped in red and black Merino leather with contrast stitching.
The Alcantara-wrapped sports steering wheel adds to the appeal.
There are plenty of tech features including a 12.3-inch curved digital display and a 14.9-inch center screen. This is complemented by a wireless device charger, ambient lighting, a head-up display and BMW laser headlights
Originally published as Australian 2023 BMW M3 CS details confirmed