BMW has lifted the lid on its all-new M3 CS – a more aggressive and more powerful variant of the standard M3 saloon.
On-board is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine producing 454bhp, a jump of 10bhp over the standard car. From standstill to 60mph takes just 3.7 seconds – half a second quicker than before. Fuel consumption isn’t too bad for a car in this class either, with 34mpgon the combined cycle and emissions of 194 g/km of CO2.
However, most of the changes are on the exterior and interior, something BMW calls “accentuated sporting presence.”
A standard M3 looks beefy and mean, but the CS takes that up a notch. With a large front apron that includes a bigger air intake and angled styling, it looks more like the track focussed M4 GTS.
At the rear it also looks chunkier and adds a special split “Gurney” spoiler that overlaps the edge of the boot lid, all of these extras are made with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic to make them extremely rigid. All around the car there are hues of glossy black trim too, to give the car a stealthier look.
There is also adaptive sports suspension that makes the car sit lower than before. Lots of technology keeps the car manageable on the road too, including dynamic stability control and electromechanical steering.
A double-clutch automatic gearbox changes gear almost instantly and matches the revs so no power is lost and the gear change is seamless. This can either be left in automatic mode or manually controlled via two paddles behind the steering wheel that allow you to navigate through its seven gears.
Inside, the cabin is “track focused” – even the leather on the sports seats is called Silverstone. However, this doesn’t mean it’s Spartan – far from it. As standard you get a Harman/Kardon sound system, sat nav, climate control, leather and Alcantara trim and LED lighting throughout.