the price of radicalism

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Under the hood is the 6-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo already under the hood of the M3 or M4. Three cubic meters (2,993 cm3 per minute), develops 550 hp at 6,250 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 2,750 and 5,950 rpm. The curb weight increases to 1765 kg empty standard DIN or 1840 kg EU standard. It is heavy, very heavy and far from ballerina.

Too much effort for little results

However, BMW uses carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) to lighten the car while stiffening it. The roof is made of carbon, the hood, front splitter, air intakes, exterior mirror caps, diffuser and rear spoiler are also made of carbon. The tubs also use carbon and contain more CFRP. The muffler is titanium. All in all, BMW managed to shed 20kg off the M3 Competition xDrive to give it this M3 CS. How much effort for 1% profit on the scales!

Therefore, the BMW M3 CS will trust the cavalry and hope that it will arrive in time. In homologation, BMW claims a WLTP cycle of 10.4 – 10.1 l/100 km or 234 – 229 g CO2/km. Very strong compared to the M3 Competition at 10.1/10.0 or 230/228g/km. More consumption was approved for another 40 horses. BMW says the engine is mounted more rigidly in the chassis, improving throttle response.

Crazy performance

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BMW M3 CS 2023

As a result, we accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h in 11.1 seconds. It can reach a maximum speed of 302 km/h. For the M3 CS, BMW updates the M xDrive 4-wheel transmission with an electronically controlled multi-plate transfer case to distribute power between the front and rear. The rear axle has an Active M differential. The M3 CS is designed to be agile as well as efficient.

The chassis has been redesigned to look more circuit-like. Brakes are standard on the M-Compound and can be had as an option in carbon ceramic. Gold-bronze forged alloy wheels are standard. 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear, they are fitted with 275/35 ZR19 and 285/30 ZR20 track tires. Obviously, “high performance” tires can be preferred instead.

A feather in the cap of aggression

We’ve got a slightly more beastly front than the Competition to announce the color and show it’s no M3 Competition beast. The overall shape remains the same, but the low grille disappears in favor of simple wide-open intakes. The radiator grille is also simplified and you can just run your hand over it! Two large beans are circled in red. The headlights are yellow (apparently a GT car) and the car has two black stripes on the hood.

Our opinion, by

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BMW M3 CS 2023

Aesthetically, it beats the BMW M3 CS. Probably a bit “too much”, but hey, you need to show the cavalry without sounding the battle. The L6 twinturbo and its 550 hp manage to stay certified with just 10 liters per 100 km. And let’s bet the chassis was fine-tuned by the M department.

On the other hand, BMW has kept all the comfort equipment and controls in the M3 CS. A bit paradoxical for a car that wants to avoid the trail. Standard navigation, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, phone integration, induction power, onboard wifi, head-up display, BMW Drive Recorder and more. In addition, Comfort Access, automatic two-zone air conditioning, Harman Kardon sound system, parking radars, forward collision warning, lane departure warning or intelligent regulator.

In a car like this one would expect all of this to go as an option to make the car even lighter. Because this BMW M3 CS with a weight of more than 1800 kg will be more comfortable on highways and big high-speed circuits than tight virolos.

to summarize

If it generally takes the look of the M3 Competition, the new BMW M3 CS goes even further in radicalism. It gains 20 kilograms on the scales, while receiving 40 horsepower more for a total of 550 horsepower. According to BMW, the type scheme does not forget about the comfort of passengers, and finally, it has a paradox.

Is this new BMW M3 CS more GT than CS?

Thibaut Emme

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