In BMW parlance, “CS” stands for Competition Sport, the Bavarian firm’s designation for its line of limited-production models in the M series that combine blinding road performance with strong track-day capabilities. BMW is just now extending the concept to its M3 models, already the performance pinnacle of its beloved 3-series, with production getting underway next month. The BMW M3 CS, as it’s formally known, is lighter, stronger and faster than its M3 predecessor, which is quite a statement. The extensive use of composite materials in the M3 CS’ construction, for instance, drops its overall curb weight by 75 pounds.
The CS continues to offer BMW’s M xDrive, Its attributes include a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine rated at 543 horsepower, linked as standard to xDrive and the standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. BMW is advertising a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds and a standard top speed of 188 MPH. Carbon ceramic brakes and track-oriented tires will be offered for the truly dedicated. M Carbon bucket seats will be standard up front. The MSRP for everything is $118,700 plus destination charges.