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The all-new BMW M3 CS.
25.01.2023 Press Kit
The new BMW M3 CS is an exclusive high-performance car that combines supreme dynamic prowess with the everyday usability of an M3 saloon. With intelligent lightweight construction, the new BMW M3 CS features carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components, increased engine power and a bespoke chassis setup. Exclusive design features and specification ensure exhilarating performance and give the new BMW M3 CS a character profile all its own.
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BMW M GmbH will add a formidable special-edition model to its product
range in 2023. The new BMW M3 CS is an exclusive high-performance car
that combines supreme dynamic prowess with the everyday usability of
an M3 saloon.
With intelligent lightweight construction, the new BMW M3 CS features
carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components, increased engine
power and a bespoke chassis setup. Exclusive design features and
specification ensure exhilarating performance and give the new BMW M3
CS a character profile all its own.
The new BMW M3 CS teams a 550 hp six-cylinder in-line engine with an
eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive intelligent
all-wheel-drive system. These combine to produce a 0 to 62 mph time of
3.4 seconds and on to an electronically limited 188 mph top speed.
The new BMW M3 CS will be built in a limited run at BMW Group Plant
Munich, with the UK market launch commencing from March 2023. Prices
in the UK will start from £115,900 RRP. Along with the UK, the USA,
Germany, and Japan are the most important markets for this new special model.
Straight-six engine produces 550 hp
The new BMW M3 CS features a carefully modified version of the
high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine, with M TwinPower Turbo
technology, developed for the BMW M3 and BMW M4. The modifications
result in a maximum of 550 hp, a considerable upgrade of 40 hp in peak
output compared with the BMW M3 Competition Saloon.
The power increase is achieved through targeted revisions to the
engine’s M TwinPower Turbo technology. The adjustments primarily
involve raising the maximum charge pressure of the two mono-scroll
turbochargers from 1.7 to 2.1 bar and making some model-specific
tweaks to the engine management.
A specially designed engine mount, with increased spring rates, was
also designed to create an extremely rigid connection between the
power unit and the vehicle’s structure. This results in an even
sharper engine response and direct transmission of its power to the
drivetrain. Peak torque of 650Nm is produced between 2,750 and
5,950rpm and maximum output arrives at 6,250rpm. The engine revs to a
The engine’s performance characteristics are dominated by its
unabated power delivery right through the rev range. Enhancing the
soundtrack is the dual-branch exhaust system, featuring electrically
controlled flaps and a titanium rear silencer with weight-minimising
design. In customary M fashion, it features two pairs of matt black
tailpipes which help produce the emotionally rich soundtrack.
Max Power (hp)*
Peak Torque (Nm)*
Top Speed (mph)**
Fuel Consumption Combined (WLTP) (mpg)*
BMW M3 CS
*All figures relating to performance, fuel consumption and emissions are provisional. All the stated technical data, fuel consumption and emissions figures relate to the offering in the German market. Dimensions and measurements refer to vehicles with basic configuration in Germany. These may vary depending on the wheel/tyre size and items of optional equipment selected.
Optimal combination of the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, M xDrive and Active M Differential
The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic is operated
using either the M-specific selector lever, on the centre console, or
the carbon-fibre shift paddles on the steering wheel. The
transmission’s shift characteristics can also be altered using the
Drivelogic button integrated into the selector lever - with the choice
of comfort-oriented, sport and track-optimised settings.
The traction and agility of the new BMW M3 CS are both enhanced by
the presence of M xDrive all-wheel drive. This uses an electronically
controlled multi-plate clutch in the transfer case to ensure fully
variable and super-smooth distribution of the engine’s power between
the front and rear wheels. The multi-plate clutch’s oil supply has
been optimised to keep the all-wheel-drive system performing
effectively - even under hard driving on the track. The system’s
rear-wheel bias and the way it teams up with the Active M Differential
at the rear axle – whose operation is also fully variable – add to the
signature M feeling when accelerating or powering through corners.
The M Setup menu also lets the driver switch from the default 4WD
setting to 4WD Sport mode, which directs an even greater proportion of
the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. Drivers can also switch off
the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system altogether and engage 2WD
mode. By sending drive power solely to the rear wheels and suppressing
any intervention from the control systems to stabilise the vehicle,
this setting engages skilled drivers in the driving experience to an
even more intense degree.
This optimal combination of engine, transmission, and M xDrive help
ensure exceptional acceleration times. The new BMW M3 CS takes just
3.4 seconds to reach 62 mph from rest and 11.1 seconds from 0-
124 mph. The 50 – 75 mph takes only 2.6 seconds (in 4th gear) and
3.3 seconds (in 5th gear). The M Driver’s Package is standard and has
an electronically limited top speed of 188 mph.
Bespoke chassis set-up; track tyres as standard
The chassis technology in the new BMW M3 CS has been tuned precisely
to the engine’s performance characteristics and to complement the
overall vehicle concept and weight distribution. The model-specific
settings for the DSC system and M Dynamic Mode have also been
purposefully geared to the specific demands of high-speed circuit driving.
Individually tuned axle kinematics and bespoke wheel camber settings,
dampers, auxiliary springs, and anti-roll bars help optimise steering
precision, transmission of lateral forces and spring and damping
response. The new BMW M3 CS also features a model-specific setup of
the adaptive M suspension and its electromechanical M Servotronic
steering - with its variable ratio and integrated braking system.
Standard specification for the new BMW M3 CS includes M Compound
brakes with the brake callipers painted in red. Optional M Carbon
ceramic brakes are also available, with brake callipers in matt gold
or red. The standard equipment list also includes forged M light-alloy
wheels in an exclusive V-spoke design, with a gold bronze finish or an
optional matt black finish. Measuring 19-inch at the front and 20-inch
at the rear, they are shod with track tyres that have been
purpose-developed for this special-edition model, measuring 275/35
ZR19 and 285/30 ZR20 at the front and rear respectively.
Lightweight construction, extensive use of carbon fibre and improved body rigidity
Extensive lightweight construction, with the use of carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) components both inside and out, has
enhanced the performance and character of the new BMW M3 CS.
Featuring a carbon fibre roof, the new BMW M3 CS also uses
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 also all manufactured from CFRP. The standard
M Carbon bucket seats also help reduce weight, as does the titanium
rear silencer - resulting in a reduction of four kilograms off the
weight of the exhaust system.
The various lightweight design measures bring a total weight saving
of 20 kilograms, compared to the BMW M3 Competition Saloon with M
xDrive. Body rigidity has been further increased by high-precision
strut braces for the engine compartment, that have also been
engineered for lightness. The cast aluminium elements, connecting the
spring strut towers to the front end, feature a weight-optimised
geometry that has been precisely matched to the forces applied in
various driving situations.
Unique design features
The new BMW M3 CS features numerous individual design features.
Exclusive to this latest special-edition model from BMW M GmbH is the
Frozen Solid White paint. 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 to provide a stunning
contrast to this new paint. Signal Green, Brooklyn Grey and Sapphire
Black are available as alternative exterior colours.
The vehicle’s front end sports a weight-saving, frameless BMW kidney
grille with a stripped-back design - reminiscent of a racing car.
Unique to this model, red contour lines are featured along with the
“M3 CS” badging on the upper of the two horizontal grille bars. Both
the model badge at the front and its counterpart on the boot lid have
black surfaces with a red border.
BMW Laserlight headlights, also included as part of the standard
specification, add a particularly striking and distinct look to the
front end of the new BMW M3 CS. By illuminating yellow instead of
white – both during the Welcome sequence when the vehicle is unlocked
and while low beam or high beam is switched on – they reference
successful GT racing cars.
M Carbon bucket seats, with exclusive surfaces and stitching
The inside of the new BMW M3 CS has been designed with driving
pleasure and maximum performance in mind, enhanced by advanced digital
technology and exclusive design elements.
The M Carbon bucket seats in a model-specific design, and fitted as
standard, greet both the driver and front passenger. Fully electric
and heated, they include integral head restraints along with an
illuminated model badge. This results in a unique blend of racing
flair and long-distance comfort. The use of CFRP in the structural
elements of the seat cushion and backrest, as well as the eye-catching
cut-outs in the side bolsters and below the head restraints, reflect
the seats’ weight-minimising construction.
The seats are upholstered in Merino leather and feature an exclusive
design in a black/red colour scheme with distinctive contrast
stitching. This bi-colour finish is repeated for the two rear seats.
The door panels are trimmed entirely in black leather in both the
front and the rear, while red “CS” lettering adorns the
lightweight-design centre console.
The standard interior equipment list for the new BMW M3 CS also
includes: M seat belts with a woven stripe pattern in BMW M GmbH
colours; door sill plates bearing the designation “M3 CS”; an
anthracite-coloured headliner; interior trim strips in a carbon fibre
finish and an M Alcantara steering wheel with CFRP shift paddles and a
red centre marker.
Setup button to customise the car’s configuration
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
Two individually configured setup variants can also be stored
permanently: the preferred settings can be set up for the engine note,
the DSC system, the Automatic Start/Stop function and the shift
characteristics of the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and then
simply retrieved using the M buttons on the steering wheel.
Also fitted as standard in the new BMW M3 CS is the M Drive
Professional system. It therefore not only benefits from the M Drift
Analyser and M Laptimer functions, for evaluating and recording
driving skills and performance at the track, but also comes with
M Traction Control - whose ten stages provide the ideal tool for
driving on closed circuits.
The M Mode button on the centre console – also part of the M Drive
Professional package – can be used to adjust both the level of driver
assistance system activity and the content shown in the information
display and optional Head-Up Display, with a choice of ROAD, SPORT and
BMW Curved Display
The latest generation of BMW iDrive, based on BMW Operating System 8,
is standard in the new car which includes the BMW Curved Display for
the cockpit. This features a 12.3-inch information display and a
control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches, which are
housed together behind a curved glass surface. With its ergonomic
driver-centric positioning, the BMW Curved Display makes the already
intuitive touch control even more user-friendly.
The layout offers M-specific read-outs and driving-related content to
help provide a focused, performance-led driving experience. All data,
as well as vehicle status and settings information, are neatly
arranged within it. The familiar M Shift Lights appear at the top of
the information display, while the driving stability system, M xDrive
and traction control modes are all indicated at the lower edge.
Special widgets containing information on the current vehicle setup,
as well as tyre pressure and temperature can be added to the control
display’s home screen.
Added enjoyment and comfort during everyday driving – all standard features
BMW Live Cockpit Professional, fitted as standard, incorporates the
BMW Maps navigation system, BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant,
smartphone integration, telephony with wireless charging and a WiFi
The new BMW M3 CS is also equipped - as standard - with the latest
version of Comfort Access, two-zone automatic climate control, Harman
Kardon Surround Sound System, Park Distance Control, Front Collision
Warning, Lane Departure Warning and the Speed Limit Info system.
Additionally, BMW M GmbH’s latest special-edition model, includes the
BMW Head-Up Display (with M-specific readouts) and the BMW Drive
Recorder. An alarm system, automatic boot lid operation and the
Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant systems are also included.
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises over 30 production sites worldwide; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2022, the BMW Group sold nearly 2.4 million passenger vehicles and more than 202,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2021 was € 16.1 billion on revenues amounting to € 111.2 billion. As of 31 December 2021, the BMW Group had a workforce of 118,909 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.
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CO2 EMISSIONS & CONSUMPTION.
BMW M3 CS:
Fuel consumption combined: 27.2 – 28.0 mpg; CO2 emissions combined: 234 – 229 g/km in the WLTP cycle.