BMW has unveiled the previously-rumoured M4 CS Coupe at the Shanghai Auto Show. There are no specific production numbers mentioned, but it will be limited, which means if South Africa gets some units, they will not be widely available. There have been CS-badged M cars before but they did not make it to our shores. So if you didn’t know, CS sits below the M4 GTS and above the normal M4 Coupe.

The biggest highlight is of course the increase in power from the same 3.0-litre twin turbo straight six engine. From the M4’s 317kW we now get 338kW of power and 600Nm of torque, still running through the 20-inch rear wheels via the standard 7-speed M-DCT gearbox. Front wheels are smaller, at 19-inch, giving the car an F1 car-like aura.

According to BMW, the M4 CS takes only 3.9 seconds to rush from 0 – 100km/h. And instead of the usual 250km/h speed limit, the engineers have gone to 278km/h. In addition to more power, part of the reason for this hi-performance includes some weight-shedding, such as carbon fibre reinforced plastic front splitter, roof, bootlid spoiler and rear spoiler. All this makes the CS 32kg lighter than the regular M4.

This continues inside where we see door handles being replaced by fabric pull loops for example, something that Porsche pioneered within the road cars sphere. But unlike the GTS, this car keeps two rows of (seemingly comfortable) M seats. It also has an alcantara-covered multifunction steering wheel, and CS badging on the dashboard. Otherwise it has the same comfort features as a normal M4, including iDrive with ConnectedDrive and a full-colour multimedia screen.

Under the skin the M4 CS gets stiffer springs and dampers, larger roll bars and four 80mm tailpipes, the same ones found in the M4 Competition Package. The car will be sold with five colours, including a Frozen Dark Blue II, San Marino Blue metallic and Alpine White.

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