2024 BMW M3 CS Revealed With More Power
The BMW M3 CS is a high-performance variant of the standard M3, designed for those looking for a sportier and more track-focused driving experience. The M3 CS shares many of its design tweaks with the CSL (Club Sport Lightweight) model, including exposed carbon fiber on the splitter, roof, parts of the hood, air intakes, rear spoiler, and mirror caps. Additionally, the M3 CS features the CSL’s M4 GT3-inspired frameless kidney grilles, which improve the appearance of the front end compared to the standard car.
Under the hood, the M3 CS is powered by the same 3.0-liter S58 engine found in the CSL, which produces 503 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission and an M-tuned xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which enables the M3 CS to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, with a top speed electronically limited to 188 mph.
To ensure the M3 CS delivers a unique driving experience, BMW has made several changes to the suspension, steering, and braking systems. The camber settings, dampers, steering, and anti-roll bars have been retuned specifically for this application, while stiffer engine mounts have been added to withstand the demands of constant track work. The M3 CS also comes with a rear-wheel drive mode that provides the driver with more rear-wheel bias for a sportier driving experience.
The M3 CS can be optioned with staggered alloy wheels measuring 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the rear, which can be finished in gold bronze or matte black. The wheels can be equipped with standard high-performance summer tires or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track rubber at no extra cost, depending on the buyer’s preference. Carbon-ceramic brakes are also available as an option.
Inside, the M3 CS features a number of changes similar to those found in the CSL, including red accents throughout the dash, trim, and paddle shifters. It also comes standard with adjustable carbon-fiber bucket seats, which include a heating element and an illuminated “CS” badge. The CS also has a bench seat in the back, unlike the CSL which deleted it to save weight.
The BMW M3 CS will be available starting at $119,695, including a $995 destination fee, which is a significant increase over the standard AWD M3 Competition. Production of US-bound cars will begin in March 2023. With its exceptional performance, advanced technology, and exclusive design, the M3 CS is a true enthusiasts’ car, and a testament to BMW’s commitment to delivering the ultimate driving machine.
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