2018 BMW M3 CS

New BMW M3 CS is an £86,380 evolution special

2018 BMW M3 CSBMW has revealed the M3 CS, a limited-to-1,200 runout special that boasts an extra 10hp and goes on sale 30 years after the original E30 BMW M3 Evolution factory development model was released. Prices start from £86,380.

The 460hp 3.0-litre M TwinPower Turbo motor (aided by the standard M DCT paddleshift gearbox) will now do 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, supercar-like acceleration for the four-door saloon, and a standard M Driver’s Package takes the top speed limiter up to 174mph, and pulling power gets a 37lb ft boost to 442lb ft.

It sounds more potent too, thanks to a standard sports exhaust compete with bespoke quad tailpipes. There’s also a new bright red starter button, just to add a bit of anticipation to the start-up procedure.

2018 BMW M3 CS

Suspension is taken from the M3 Competition Package, the later addition to the M3 and M4 Coupe range that so transformed the drivability and appeal of the cars. It boasts forged aluminium front and wheel links and wheel carriers, and special DTM-style light alloy wheels; 19-inch on the front, 20-inch at the rear.

Adaptive M suspension is standard and, like the stability control and Active M Differential settings, has been given a custom M3 CS tune. BMW’s also revised the steering mapping, and dropped on semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. If they’re too much, Michelin Sport road tyres are a no-cost option, but really, why would you?

Visually, the M3 CS gets a wonderful new design of Gurney spoiler lip, which BMW says is balanced with the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) front splitter and rear diffuser. The bonnet and roof are also made from CFRP. It all saves 10kg over the standard M3.

Standard M compound brakes with four-piston front calipers are fitted: the bright yellow calipers contrast rather wonderfully with the matt-finish Orbit Grey wheels.

Inside, BMW’s lavished it with two-tone leather and Alcantara, including a CS-branded Alcantara dash section, and there’s ample use of the M tri-colour stripes on the steering wheel, head rests, even the seatbelts.

Ordering? That opens in January 2018, with production beginning in March. Curiously, BMW says production will be limited to “approximately” 1,200 units (rather than ‘exactly’), and if you want one, don’t hang around: there’s an all-new BMW 3 Series due next year, so it won’t want to keep this F30 model running through the production lines for long…

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