BMW’s M3 and M4 models of the current generation are aggressive, violent, and capable of near-terrifying turns of speed. BMW is offering us a version that is even more extreme than the M3 Competition, despite the fact that it seems doubtful that anyone who has driven an M3 Competition would want a more extreme version. The 2024 BMW M3 CS, which had its introduction on Tuesday, claims to be a lighter, stronger, and quicker four-door M-car.
Now, aesthetics aside, the modern M3 is an outstanding automobile. It addresses the most of my concerns with the prior version. This is mostly due to the availability of all-wheel drive and a regular automatic transmission instead of a dual-clutch transmission. I realise that both of these sound like downgrades that would diminish the driving experience, but they really make the car much faster on actual roads and much more pleasant to live with. The CS is so cool because it starts with the M3 Competition xDrive and then turns the heat way up.
As part of its goal to increase the intensity of an already intense vehicle, BMW has increased the boost pressure on the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six to a borderline unpleasant 30.5 psi, netting an additional 40 horsepower over the M3 Competition, for a total of 543 horsepower. Maximum torque of 479 lb-ft is achieved at 2,750 rpm and is maintained until 5,950 rpm. According to the people of Munich, this is sufficient to propel the M3 CS to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and to an electronically regulated top speed of 188 mph.
Losing weight is the most effective strategy to improve the performance of a vehicle. BMW has utilised carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) throughout the CS, including the roof, hood, front splitter, front air intakes, exterior mirror caps, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. Additionally, it is utilised in the interior’s centre console, shift paddles, and various trim elements. M Carbon Bucket seats are now standard equipment, as is a titanium rear muffler that, according to BMW, saves approximately eight pounds. BMW reports that the CS weighs roughly 75 pounds less than the standard M3 Competition xDrive.
While the list of basic go-fast components is larger, carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres are available options. The remainder of the vehicle is normal M3 Competition, which is to say quite great. This may seem acceptable, except that the CS adds a massive $37,095 to the price of the M3 Comp xDrive it is based on, for a grand total of $119,695, including a $995 destination fee.