THE ALL-NEW BMW M3 CS HAS ARRIVED AND IT'S AS MAD AS EXPECTED!
When BMW launched its latest cars showing off that massive, oversized kidney grille, the automotive world went mad. It was just too much, in a poll between some car-loving mates there was just one out of ten that thought the new nose was cool. It was pretty much the same online, for every fan there were loads of naysayers. It looked so hectic that aftermarket tuning companies who specialise in body kits immediately designed replacement bumpers to improve the looks and to be fair many look great. The thing is, it really has grown on us, when we see a BMW M3 coming up behind in traffic it’s a little exciting because it’s instantly recognisable and there’s a possibility you’ll see it being driven hard. Now that BMW has released the M3 CS version we’ll be patiently counting down the days until we see one on the metal on the open road. The CS nomenclature stands for Coupe Sport, and that means the car has been treated to a host of changes to improve handling, speed and of course the shedding of some weight. Less weight = more fast. More fast = winning.
As usual, the car is so packed with tech, if we had it back in the 60s we’d be able to send man to Saturn. While it’s all impressive, we’re only really interested in the basics. What powers the car? How fast is the car? How much does it cost? The M TwinPower Turbo twin-turbocharged in-line 6-cylinder is in play, and for the BMW M3 CS it’s been tweaked and has a very healthy 405 kW of power on tap, with torque up at 650 Nm. Raising boost pressure from 1.7 bar to 2.1 bar helps in this endeavour. The cool part is that torque is available from just 2 750 rpm, so you know this thing pulls like a steam train. This setup is mated to BMW’s lightning-fast 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and when the whole recipe is used right, this new CS is able to hit 100 km/h in a mere 3.4 seconds, it can hit 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds and if the Driver’s Package is optioned, the car tops out at 302 km/h. That M xDrive all-wheel drive system is brilliant, and having power sent to all four wheels makes for great handling but for drivers who want to play, it can be switched to rear-wheel drive. Standard specification for the special-edition model includes M Compound brakes with brake callipers, M Carbon ceramic brakes, forged M light-alloy wheels, Frozen Solid White metallic paint, exposed carbon fibre roof, indents in the bonnet, front splitter, front air intakes, M mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear apron. There are black side skirts and M gills to contrast the choices of Signal Green solid, Brooklyn Grey metallic and Sapphire Black metallic paint. The cockpit is littered with M badges and carbon fibre.
Take a look at the YouTube video showing off all the amazing lines of the BMW M3 CS, and yes we're including that oversized front grille because, like moss, it's grown on us. This new performance model from BMW's M Division is going to be an instant hit, well for those with a decent chunk of disposable income: THE M3 CS (2023). | BMW M
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