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.
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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