New 454bhp BMW M3 CS revealed

Increased performance, weight and price over an M3 Comp Pack. Er, so what’s the point?

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That’s a very good question and one we have constantly asked ourselves when the subject of the BMW M4 CS comes up in conversation. A conversation that always ends with “we’d rather have an M4 Comp Pack”, our current favourite coupe. So what’s the deal with the new BMW M3 CS?

BMW has now confirmed the specification and details of its new 454bhp M3 CS, which will go on sale in January 2018 and will set you back $113,660. It does, of course, following in the Michelin Cup 2s of BMW’s M4 CS launched early in 2017, but will this be enough to tempt us from an Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio? 

As with the M4 CS the new BMW M3 CS is based on the M3 Competition Pack with an increase in output of the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six, further fine-tunes the rear-wheel drive chassis and a body dressed in carbon-fibre.

Beneath the carbon accoutrements is a further honed version of the M3 Comp Pack’s chassis, which means the same adaptive dampers and upgraded springs, but like the M4 CS these have been further fine-tuned to deliver an ultimate CS spec to get the best from its standard Michelin Pilot Cup 2 tyres fitted to the same forged wheels found on the M4 CS.

Against the clock the new BMW M3 CS will hit 100kph from a standstill in 3.9 seconds and top 280kph, a result of the twin-turbocharged straight-six having had its wick turned up to 454bhp and 442 lb ft, a 10bhp an 37lb ft increase over an M3 Comp Pack. These performance gains, chassis tweaks and the carbon and CFRP bodywork will equate to a $29,150 premium over the $84,510 M3 Comp Pack with the same seven-speed M-DCT gearbox when deliveries start in January 2018

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