– New M3 CS joins other special edition BMW M models.
– Lightweight construction features an array of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components, with a total weight saving of approximately 20kg.
– Output of the M TwinPower in-line 3.0-litre six cylinder engine increased to 405kW and 650Nm.
– Priced at $249,900, with Australian introduction set for the second half of 2023.
– Integrates M xDrive system for optimum traction while aiding in a 0-100km/h time of just 3.4 seconds.
– This 3.0-litre unit also forms the basis for the engine that powered the BMW M4 GT3 to the DTM touring car title at the first time of asking in 2022.
– Forged lightweight crankshaft, cylinder head has a 3D-printed core and oil supply is designed to handle the specific challenges of track use, as is the cooling system.
– Maximum charge pressure of the two mono-scroll turbochargers raised from 1.7 to 2.1 bar and model-specific tweaks to the engine management system.
– Dual-branch exhaust system featuring electrically controlled flaps, a titanium rear silencer with weight-minimising design and two pairs of tailpipes painted in matt black.
– An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. This is operated using either the M-specific selector lever on the centre console or the carbon fibre shift paddles on the steering wheel.
– M xDrive all-wheel drive. Drivers can also switch off the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system altogether and engage 2WD mode.
– The BMW M3 CS comes with the M Driver’s Package as standard, which includes an electronically limited top speed of 305km/h and complimentary enrolment in the BMW M Advance 2 driving course from the renowned BMW Driving Experience.
– Individually tuned axle kinematics and bespoke wheel camber settings, dampers, auxiliary springs and anti-roll bars.
– The electronically controlled dampers of the adaptive M suspension on the new BMW M3 CS likewise come in a model-specific setup, as do its electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and its integrated braking system.
– Standard specification for the special-edition model includes M Compound brakes with brake callipers painted in red, while there is also the option to fit M Carbon ceramic brakes.
– Also on the standard equipment list for the new BMW M3 CS are forged M light-alloy wheels with the choice of a Gold Bronze or black finish.
– Measuring 19 inches in diameter at the front axle and 20 inches at the rear, the wheels can be fitted at no cost with either high performance tyres or track tyres that have been purpose-developed and measure 275/35 ZR19 at the front and 285/30 ZR20 at the rear.
– Besides its carbon fibre roof, the special-edition model also uses this lightweight, high-tech material for its bonnet, front splitter, front air intakes, exterior mirror caps, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
– Its centre console, the shift paddles on the steering wheel and its interior trim strips are likewise all manufactured from CFRP.
– The standard M Carbon bucket seats also play their role in keeping weight down in the cabin.
– The titanium rear silencer shaves more than four kilograms off the weight of the exhaust system fitted on the new BMW M3 CS.
– Body rigidity is further increased with standard fitment of high-precision strut braces for the engine compartment that have also been engineered for lightness.
– The Frozen Solid White metallic paint finish available for the exterior is exclusive to the latest special-edition model from BMW M.
– Exposed carbon fibre surfaces for the roof, the two indents chiselled into the bonnet, the front splitter, front air intakes, M exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear apron combine with the black side skirts and M gills.
– Signal Green solid, Brooklyn Grey metallic and Sapphire Black metallic are available as alternative exterior colours.
– The BMW Laserlight headlights illuminate yellow instead of white, referencing the successful GT racecars.
– M Carbon bucket seats in a model-specific design; fully electric and heated.
– The M Carbon bucket seats in the new BMW M3 CS are upholstered in Merino leather and feature an exclusive design in a black/red colour scheme with distinctive contrast stitching.
– M seat belts with a woven stripe pattern in BMW M colours, door sill plates bearing the inscription “M3 CS”, an Anthracite-coloured headliner, interior trim strips in Carbon Fibre finish and an M Alcantara steering wheel with CFRP shift paddles and red centre marker.
– The M-specific control/operation system includes the Setup button on the centre console, which enables direct access to the settings options for the engine, chassis, steering, braking system and M xDrive.
– Also fitted as standard in the new BMW M3 CS is the M Drive Professional system.
– The M Mode button on the centre console – also part of the M Drive Professional package – offers a choice of ROAD, SPORT and TRACK settings.
– The new BMW M3 CS boasts the latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8, which includes the BMW Curved Display for the cockpit. This is formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches, both of which are housed together behind a curved glass surface.
– The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes with functions including the BMW navigation system, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, smartphone integration and telephony with wireless charging. The BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific readouts is fitted as standard on Australian-delivered M3 CS models.
– It is equipped as standard with the latest version of Comfort Access, two-zone automatic climate control, the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Parking Assistant, Driving Assistant and the Speed Limit Info system.
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