2018 BMW M3 CS 1

True to their promise, BMW has officially unveiled the new M3 CS, which is essentially the same car as the newly-released M4 CS, but with two extra doors. Of the 1 200 units to be sold globally, only 15 will make their way to Mzansi. So if you are reading this and are keen, it’s best to place your order as soon as the book opens in January, because by the time the cars arrive in May 2018, they will have been sold out already.

While on price, how much can we expect to pay for the M3 CS? Well, taking into account that M4 CS costs R1.8 million, it would be realistic to expect to part with something around the late R1.7 million mark, depending on how the good Rand behaves. For that you get the 3.0-litre twin turbo motor tuned up to 338kW at 6 250rpm, and a useful 600Nm of torque 4 000 and 5 380rpm. It is of course, all sent to the rear wheels via the 7-speed M-DCT automatic (no manual offered). Average fuel consumption is claimed to be 8.3 litres per 100km.

BMW reckons the M3 CS will achieve its 0 – 100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds, on its way to a limited 280km/h top end. Assisting those figures are standard 265/35 ZR 19 98Y front and 285/30 ZR 20 99Y rear tyres, an Active M Differential, Electric Power Steering (EPS) with M-specific Servotronic and a lightweight Adaptive M suspension.

Some of the car’s defining visual attributes include items like the bonnet, front splitter, roof, and the rear diffuser, which are all made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic, thus saving the car 10kg over the normal M3. Inside there is a fair bit of Alcantara (including around the steering wheel), mixed along with leather and a bit of piano black.

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