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When BMW adds the CS letters to one of its cars, you’re pretty much assured that it will be something special, and it is. Even though the thing was revealed in January of 2024, it’s called the 2024 model, for reasons. The CS moniker is the acronym for Competition Sport and in this trim the cars are street-legal but are ready to perform at weekend track days. They’re usually lighter and have a host of tweaks and changes over the regular version, in this case, the BMW M3. The chassis has been tuned precisely to the engine’s performance characteristics, and model-specific settings for the DSC system and M Dynamic Mode have been added. There are bespoke wheel camber settings, dampers, auxiliary springs and anti-roll bars to increase agility, and there are M Compound that can be optioned as M Carbon ceramic brakes along with M light-alloy wheels. There’s a carbon fibre roof, bonnet, front splitter, front air intakes, exterior mirror caps, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, centre console, shift paddles, and interior trim strips as well as M Carbon bucket seats. A titanium rear silencer shaves over 4 kg off the weight of the exhaust system. The various lightweight components save around 20 kg. Weight is the biggest factor in performance, and so while there have been numerous changes to shave what is essentially just a few kilograms, it all adds up. Or down, when it comes to performance times.

The BMW M3 CS features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder engine that’s rated to produce a healthy 405 kW and 650 Nm of torque, a decent 30 kW over the BMW M3 Competition Sedan with M xDrive. The changes mainly come from raging the boost pressure from 1.7 to 2.1 bar. According to BMW, all this means the BMW M3 CS is rated to hit 100 km/h in as little as 3.4 seconds. The same dash to 200 km/h takes just 11.1 seconds. 80 to 120 km/h takes 2.6 seconds in 4th gear or 3.3 seconds in the 5th gear. The BMW M3 CS comes with the usually optional M Driver’s Package as standard, and that means it has an electronically limited top speed of 302 km/h. We often find variations in cars like this though, we’re not sure if it’s on purpose or not though. We often find that performance cars have more power than the automaker claims, which may be done to make sure that owners who want to test the car’s claimed performance will actually reach the same numbers. This is also likely why when these cars are tested by seasoned drivers, journos and publications, they can often test better than claimed. Clever marketing and a way to elude lawsuits when claims cannot be matched. AutoTopNL has extensive experience in reviewing and testing performance cars, and so the figures collected during the test sessions can be trusted. It also helps that you can see the test equipment in real-time while the test is happening. The BMW M3 CS is clearly a special car, but is it worth all the extra money? Are the test figures that good that a regular M3 with a bit of aftermarket fiddling won’t be able to compare?

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the performance of the new 2024 (in 2023, always a confusing thing) in all facets in real-world conditions so that we can compare them to what the German automaker claims - if anything it looks like a brilliant day of messing around in a wicked performance car in the name of science: 2024 BMW M3 CS | 0-100 100-200 1/4 Mile 1/2 MILE POV & SOUND | AutoTopNL

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