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BMW M3 CS comes 30 years on from E30 BMW M3 Evolution

  • Special edition, limited run, for M3 special
  • Tuned sport exhaust blows through four tailpipes
  • Road-legal, semi-slick, tyres can be specified
BMW M3 CS: Image BMW
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany

MUNICH, Germany – BMW is presenting another exclusive, limited-run, special-edition model – a BMW M3 CS with accentuated sporting presence but continuing the now decades-long tradition of M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution.

The four-door, high-performance, sedan, BMW says, ”serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality”.

The three-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 withCompetition Package by 7.5kW to about 345kW. Its M TwinPower Turbo technology can launch the M3 CS from 0-100km/h in 3.9sec though top speed has been limited to 280km/h with two turbochargers and a large air cooler.

2019 BMW M3 CS
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany

High-precision fuel-injection and variable valve timing help to develop significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency – around 8.5 litres/100km.


Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine and the distinctive sound produced by the tuned sport exhaust system through four tailpipes is, BMW says, ”a feast for the ears” – despite the mixed metaphor….

The car comes with the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission, ”cutting-edge” with a separate oil-cooler, for automated or manual changes through steering-wheel shift paddles with no interruption in the flow of power.

The ‘box contains a long seventh gear to keep revs and fuel-consumption over longer freeway journeys.

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The suspension, BMW says, ”largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package”. with Adaptive M suspension tuned for optimised performance on road or track. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M differential have been modified to suit the car’s dynamic requirements – as has the electro-mechanical steering.

2019 BMW M3 CS
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany

The driver can adjust steering and suspension to personal preferences or the route. Alloy wheel rims (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20).

”These semi-slick Cup tyres,” BMW says, ”are road-legal and provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds.”

The car can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

2019 BMW M3 CS
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany

:Moving into the cabin, there is said to be ”generous” use of two-tone full leather ”to create a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class”.

Standard are automatic aircon, Harman Kardon sound and satnav and the designers are said to have given the M3 CS ”looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent” with a signature and prominent front with twin diode headlights.

2019 BMW M3 CS
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany

The apron has three large air intakes and a new spoiler lip to work with a front splitter and rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made of light, rigid, high-tech, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic.


Should you be in the happy situation of being able to do so, one of the 1200 units can be ordered from January 2018. Production will start in March 2018.

* Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

2019 BMW M3 CS
2018 BMW M3 CS: Image BMW Germany



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