BMW revealed the 2018 M3 CS compact sports sedan, a lighter and more powerful version of garden-variety M3. Just 550 out of 1200 total vehicles are coming to United States, so interested buyers should make sure they are ready when ordering opens in May 2018. Pricing is not announced.

Lightweight Sound and Fury

BMW claims M3 CS goes 0 to 60 mph in just 3,7 seconds and increased its top speed to 174 mph (280 kph), enhancements made possible by a thorough retuning and a reduction in vehicle weight and air resistance. Those lucky 550 buyers get an M3 that’s incrementally more snappy and sexy, with 28 added hp and 37 lb-ft more torque from the 3,0 liter twin turbo 6 cylinder engine. That boosts total output to a hair-raising 453 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, power that’s routed through a standard 7 speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. What makes the power upgrade ever more exciting is a robust bout of weight loss, 110 fewer pounds compared to M3, thanks to widespread use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), including hood, roof, “Gurney Flap,” rear diffuser and front splitter. Rear diffuser, Gurney flap and front splitter are there to optimize airflow under vehicle and keep the sedan connected to ground at higher speeds. M3 CS also features lighter alloy wheels, 19 inch up front and 20 inch in the back, with staggered tires.

Also unique to BMW M3 CS is a retuned M sports exhaust through 4 stainless-steel tailpipes and that CFRP rear diffuser. According to automaker, driver can even alter way the exhaust system works by selecting a driving mode. It all sounds wonderfully grungy. M3 CS chassis is mostly the same as BMW M3 with Competition Package, with key differences including lower weight and improved rigidity of axle and a lightweight double-joint spring strut axle at front and a 5 link axle at rear. Links and wheel carriers are all made from forged aluminum. BMW’s Active MSuspensionis standard, as is the Active M Differential and BMW M compound brakes, ceramic brakes as optional.

Performance Oriented Look and Feel

In addition to power and performance upgrades, BMW M3 CS exterior styling includes individual high gloss shadow line trim and darkened rear light units. There’s a total of 5 paint colors, white as standard and optional blue, grey, dark blue, or black metallic. Interior highlights include Alcantara and 2 tone full leather in silverstone and black, as well as features like lightweight front M sport seats and a Harman Kardon surround sound system, automatic climate control and navigator. Buyers can opt in for an M sports steering wheel, wrapped in Alcantara with silver 12 o’clock marker.

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