BMW Unleashes the M3 CS in Australia

Arriving in the 2nd half of 2023 with a unique driving character profile, The BMW M3 CS follows the launch of some great BMW M models, such as the XM – the first car entirely created by BMW M since the M1 in 1978, as well as the much-anticipated M3 Touring and second generation M2 coupé.

This new addition to the BMW M range blends together lightweight construction with a generous use of carbon fibre reinforced plastics, increased engine power, a bespoke suspension arrangement, special design features and a thoroughly tuned specification – all to provide an electrifying driving experience both on the street and on the track.

BMW M3 CS
BMW M3 CS

Australia is one of the most important BMW M markets, with one in every five BMWs having a BMW M badge.

Highlights

  • New M3 CS joins portfolio of revered special edition BMW M models
  • Intelligent lightweight construction features array of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components
  • Total weight saving of approximately 20kg
  • Output of M TwinPower in-line six cylinder engine increased to 405kW
  • Integrates M xDrive system for optimum traction while aiding in blistering standard sprint time of just 3.4-seconds
  • Bespoke chassis set-up tuned to deliver razor sharp dynamic potential
  • Exclusive exterior and interior design features further mark out CS special edition status
  • BMW Laserlight integrates GT racecar-inspired yellow headlight signature
  • Priced at $249,900 (plus on-road costs)

Under the Bonnet

The new BMW M3 CS captures an exclusive aura with its combination of increased power output and lightweight construction. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine is equipped with M TwinPower Turbo technology – designed for the BMW M3 and M4 models. This engine is the same one that drove the BMW M4 GT3 to success in the DTM Championship in 2022. This engine includes a multitude of technological advancements taken from the racecar engine itself, making it remarkable.

BMW M3 CS 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine equipped with M TwinPower Turbo

These tailored modifications reflect the unwavering focus on achieving high rev speeds and maximum power delivery. The unit’s considerable upgrade potential paved the way for a 30kW hike in peak output compared with the BMW M3 Competition Sedan with M xDrive.

The engine puts peak torque of 650Nm on tap from just 2,750rpm and sustains it all the way to 5,950rpm. It generates maximum output at 6,250rpm and tops out at 7,200rpm.

Maximum Performance

The M Setup menu allows the driver to transition from the standard 4WD setting to the 4WD Sport mode, which redirects an even greater proportion of engine torque to the rear wheels. It is also possible to completely switch off the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and choose the 2WD mode. This gives skilled drivers the opportunity to become more engrossed in the driving experience. Power is sent to the rear wheels and any intervention from the control systems to stabilise the vehicle is suppressed.

BMW M3 CS
The BMW M3 CS – A unique driving character profile

The BMW M3 CS can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds to 0-200km/h in 11.1 seconds. Furthermore, the midrange surge from 80-120km/h is completed in either 2.6 seconds in 4th gear or 3.3 seconds in 5th gear. As a bonus, the BMW M3 CS comes with the M Driver’s Package as standard, granting a top speed of 305km/h and free enrolment in the BMW M Advance 2 driving course.

On the Road

Engineers have specifically engineered the BMW M3 CS to perfectly match the engine’s abilities and its weight balance. They have explicitly adjusted the Dynamic Stability Control system and M Dynamic Mode for optimised high-speed performance. They have also tailored the electronic shock absorbers of the adaptive M suspension, the electromechanical M Servotronic steering with its variable ratio, and the integrated braking system for the M3 CS.

BMW M3 CS
The BMW M3 CS – A unique driving character profile

The special-edition model comes with M Compound brakes, whose brake callipers are painted red, and for an extra fee, M Carbon ceramic brakes can also be fitted.

Styling That’s a Cut Above

This special-edition BMW M3 CS showcases several unique features, such as its eye-catching Frozen Solid White metal paint and carbon fiber bonnet, splitter, air intakes, mirror caps, spoiler, and apron all contrasted against the white paint. You can also choose Signal Green, Brooklyn Grey, and Sapphire Black as other exterior color options. The M3 CS also features red contour lines on its grille bars and a “M3 CS” badge on the upper grille. Both the front and rear model badges are black with a red border, making it unmistakable.

BMW M3 CS
The BMW M3 CS – A unique driving character profile

The BMW Laserlight headlights included in the standard specification add another particularly striking flourish to the front end of the BMW M3 CS. They boldly referenced successful GT racecars by illuminating yellow instead of white during the welcome sequence when drivers unlock the vehicle.

BMW M3 CS LED Headlights
BMW M3 CS LED Headlights

Connected Driver

The BMW M3 CS excites with BMW’s latest Operating System 8-based iDrive experience. This includes the amazing BMW Curved Display, which combines a 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display, encased in a single curved glass surface. The ergonomic driver-centric design makes the touch control even more accessible.

BMW M3 CS Interior
BMW M3 CS

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional features the BMW navigation system, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, smartphone integration and wireless charging. On top of that, the M3 CS comes with the BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific readouts.

BMW M3 CS Interior
BMW M3 CS

With the BMW M3 CS, drivers can experience a unique driving pleasure with the bonus of an array of comfort features and driver assistance systems. The newest Comfort Access, a two-zone temperature control, the Harman Kardon audio system, Parking Assistant, Driving Assistant and Speed Limit Info have been fitted. This is the perfect car to get excited about!

For more information visit bmw.com.au

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