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The big daddy of the BMW M4 range is here, the all-new and absolutely fantastic BMW M4 CS. This new variation on the hugely popular BMW M4 takes the car to the next level and incorporates all the technologies and tricks available from BMW M Performance to create a special flagship edition that ticks all the boxes you could want to be ticked for a dedicated performance model. While the regular BMW M4 is already a beast of a car that’s massively capable of holding its own at a weekend track day, the BMW M4 CS has been tweaked and tuned specifically for circuit exploits. In basic terms, the car is stiffer, and has more power and less weight, a proven recipe for track-oriented performance cars. The M4 CS looks great, it comes in new BMW Individual special paint finishes, Riviera Blue and Frozen Isle of Man Green Metallic, and added to that the roof and the pair of indents in the bonnet, the front splitter, front air intakes, M exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear apron are all in bare and contrasting carbon fibre. There’s a new frameless BMW kidney grille with a stripped-back feel and red contour lines. Badges at the front and rear have black surfaces with a red border to make them pop. As a reference to successful GT racing cars, the headlights illuminate yellow instead of white - both during the Welcome Light Animation and while the low beam or high beam is switched on. The rear lights feature Laserlight technology marked out by intricate fibre optic bundles inside the light units, that give a “free-floating” appearance, illuminated by a laser diode to result in a 3D effect. This was first seen in the BMW M4 CSL high-performance special edition and now stretches to the BMW M4 CS. As expected, the M4 CS wears exclusive forged light-alloy wheels in Gold Bronze or matt Black with track tyres in either 19 or 20 inches. Behind them, you’ll find standard M Compound brakes with calipers painted in a choice of Red or Black but the calipers for the optional M Carbon ceramic brakes can be had in Red or matt Gold painted finish. In the cabin, there’s a 3-spoke M Alcantara steering wheel, M Carbon bucket seats with a model-specific design, black leather door panels, M seat belts, an Anthracite-coloured headliner, carbon fibre interior trim strips, M4 CS door sill plates, a BMW Curved Display with M-specific readouts, a new BMW iDrive with M specific functionality and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. There’s also a setup button for customising vehicle configuration, M Drive Professional with M Drift Analyser and M Laptimer as standard. You’ll also find Comfort Access, an alarm system, two-zone automatic climate control, the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Park Distance Control, the Parking Assistant, Front Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and the Speed Limit Info system included as standard.

We’ll skip all the other in-depth technical bits and concentrate on things that make an M-performance model special, the engine setup and drivetrain. BMW M4 CS makes use of the company’s tried and tested twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline 6-cylinder powerplant. In this case, the powerplant has been tuned to produce a brilliant 405 kW with 605 Nm of torque, which is a healthy 15 kW power upgrade. The maximum boost pressure of the twin mono-scroll turbochargers is up to a high 2.1 bar with some model-specific tweaks to the engine management. Excellent engine response is helped by a model-specific engine mounting with increased spring rates with a rigid connection between the power unit and the vehicle’s structure enabling a more direct transmission of its power to the drivetrain. The BMW M4 CS uses an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system that affords the car handling that lives up to the reputation of all things M. The whole package is properly quick, with the right driver at the wheel and the right drive mode engaged, the M4 CS is able to get from a standstill to the worldwide benchmark for performance of 100 km/h in as little as 3.4 seconds. The car is also capable of getting to 200 km/h in a mere 11.1 seconds, which is properly quick. In-gear acceleration, which is important for track cars, is also massively quick. The M4 CS can sprint from 80 km/h to 120 km/h in just 2.6 seconds in 4th gear, and an equally impressive 3.3 seconds in 5th gear. If the M Driver’s Package is optioned, the top speed is electronically limited to 302 km/h. The 8-speed M Steptronic dual-clutch transmission, M xDrive and active M differential all work together to afford the new BMW M4 CS some of the best handling available on the market today. With everything working in unison, the all-new limited-edition BMW M4 CS has recorded a brilliant official and notarised lap time of the famed Nurburgring in a time of an amazingly quick 7 min. 21.989 sec. for the full 20.832-kilometre lap. As you’d expect, the package comes at a cost here in SA. We’re not sure how many models have been allocated to the country yet, but if you want one, be prepared to shell out a little over R3,000,000.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the absolutely stunning BMW M4 CS, an evolution of the popular BMW M4 that's been tweaked and tuned to excel on the track over and above what it can already do on the streets: THE ALL-NEW BMW M4 CS. | BMW M

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