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RE: BMW M4 CS - official

Sunday 23rd April

BMW M4 CS - official

GTS aggression with the usability of the regular M4 - new 460hp BMW M4 CS could well be the true sweet spot



If the BMW M3 is the definitive PistonHeads car the E46 version is arguably the sweet spot of the lineage. And the best version of that car? With hindsight probably the M3 CS, which cherry-picked some of the hardcore CSL's go-faster bits and combined them with the standard car's broader scope to offer the best of both. It cost a modest £2,400 extra but it added up to much more at the wheel and widespread acclaim from M enthusiasts, reflected in used values to this day. A CS can be had for half as much as a CSL though, meaning it's still arguably the pick of the E46 M3 range. 

Now we're talking
Now we're talking
Which brings us to this - the new BMW M4 CS. Now we actually saw this a while back on the M760Li launch but were sworn to secrecy. This has required some degree of self control, given the instinctive reaction when being shown a brand new M car is to tell as many people as possible all about it. Now we can! 

Headlines. The CS gets a bit more power from its 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six, now delivering an extra 10hp over the Competition Pack M4 (and 29hp over the standard car) for a total of 460hp. Torque gets a bigger boost, climbing from 406lb ft to 442lb ft - same as the track-ready M4 GTS in fact. There's a token tenth off the Competition Pack's 0-62mph time - now 3.9 seconds - and a raised top speed limiter that calls time at 174mph, but you'd expect a healthy gain in mid-range shove and overall response based on those numbers. Indeed, BMW is claiming a 7min 38sec 'ring lap for the car; that's 10 seconds down on the 500hp GTS but 911 GT3 pace of a generation ago. Quick enough, in other words. 

Further GTS influence comes in the fixtures and fittings, including that car's vented carbon fibre bonnet. Unique and functional CS-spec aero, including a front splitter and relatively subtle rear lip spoiler, plus some really, really tasty wheels, mark it out from regular M4s. These are 19-/20-inch in diameter; Cup 2 tyres are standard. Brakes and suspension have also been tweaked, the latter with undisclosed "even sportier" settings and the exhaust is from the Competition Pack car. Inside there's a full complement of seats and gizmos plus a nod to an overall 32kg weight saving offered by a new 'lightweight fibre' used for the door skins. The signature San Marino Blue looks fabulous (Lime Rock Grey is the other exclusive colour option) while news that it's DCT only will be greeted with dismay by purists but pragmatism by a market dominated by two-pedal transmissions. Whisper it but our experience of the M4 is that it works better with the DCT anyway. 

Crap badge; spec sounds anything but
Crap badge; spec sounds anything but
As you'd expect, pricing is pitched between the £58,365 starting price of a standard M4 and the burly £121K asked for the GTS - or £89,130 to be absolutely precise. Options include non-Cup tyres and ceramic brakes, plus Frozen Dark Blue II - an exclusive paint scheme not available until later in the year and not a princess-based Disney animation, you'll be glad to hear.  While not a fixed run limited edition like the GTS production for the CS will be restricted over a two-year run, the official line being that this is by volume in the factory. If you like the look of it - and we wouldn't blame you if you did - you'd best be sweet-talking your BMW dealer already. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

555 posts

137 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Very purposeful looking (and nice colour too) - I like it!

Mike335i

823 posts

21 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Nice enough and properly impressive I'm sure, but £90k? Seems to much for a 4 series, no matter how capable.


jimmy156

3,039 posts

106 months

Wednesday 19th April
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The E46 CS "Cost a modest £2400 extra" compared with a regular M3.

This one is a less than modest £31,000 extra. Different times!

TomEdward

1 posts

39 months

Wednesday 19th April
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This will be the M4 to get.

David87

4,262 posts

131 months

Wednesday 19th April
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What is going on with the price of this thing? I was expecting £5k on top of the regular M4 until I got to the bottom of the article! eek

Is it just for the M4 or will the M3 benefit from the same option too?
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VonSenger

1,865 posts

108 months

Wednesday 19th April
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£90k!!!!!

Seriously, £90k????


Eta to add a few more exclamation marks.

spencermit

36 posts

136 months

Wednesday 19th April
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VonSenger said:
£90k!!!!!

Seriously, £90k????


Eta to add a few more exclamation marks.
That is a whole lot of ££££££, but should hold its value and as fast as an old GT3....

Mintbird

251 posts

20 months

Wednesday 19th April
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10 bhp turbo rise. hahaha

GroundEffect

10,192 posts

75 months

Wednesday 19th April
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So is their logic that you can get a Competition Pack car for ~£5k more?

Therefore bigger differentiation for the CS required?

Oh and I prefer the M4CP wheels:




p1stonhead

11,430 posts

86 months

Wednesday 19th April
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spencermit said:
VonSenger said:
£90k!!!!!

Seriously, £90k????


Eta to add a few more exclamation marks.
That is a whole lot of ££££££, but should hold its value and as fast as an old GT3....
Its still insane for an M3 though. They are supposed to be the every day sports car, not collectibles to sit in a garage in the hope of holding value IMO.

Nors

1,093 posts

74 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Just can't see the value in £££ over the standard car. That's serious money!

AshBurrows

1,048 posts

81 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Ridiculous pricing. The old 46 MCS was a good buy, but this is absolutely insane.
You'd be better giving Schirmer or someone your 30K and having something that murders a GTS.

robm3

4,431 posts

146 months

Wednesday 19th April
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31k for a factory chip, some tinsel and firmer shocks. Hmmmm....

Is there any real engineering changes other than the 'Halford Specials' Job.


British Beef

994 posts

84 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Makes the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio look like an absolute bargain.

The Alfa is better looking (IMO), faster, rarer, more practical and cheaper.

For me the high end BMWs are victims of there own success, so common are the 420d's with M body kit, I would not consider spending that kind of money on a tweaked version of the M4, absolutely no way!!

ultimateporka

40 posts

65 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Car looks sorted however article is ultimately misleading.. I thought 2k over m4cp works well but 90k?! Don't be daft.

To the writer of the article - it's worth having a think about making it clearer with regards to the price.


mcbook

1,053 posts

94 months

Wednesday 19th April
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robm3 said:
31k for a factory chip, some tinsel and firmer shocks. Hmmmm....

Is there any real engineering changes other than the 'Halford Specials' Job.
I agree. Sounds like poor value. Does it come with water injection like the GTS?

Seems like an engine remap, some new wheels and suspension for £31k. Obviously I've not driven one but seems like poor value, especially given the positive reviews of the Competition Pack.

sh33n

115 posts

106 months

Wednesday 19th April
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Raid parts bin, put slightly different map on engine. Charge £90k. Crazy stuff.

Certainly it's a no from me, the standard car at ~£60k is imo a great purchase. At £30k more, umm no, that's competing with far better machinery.

SirSquidalot

2,441 posts

84 months

Wednesday 19th April
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£90k laugh

Buy a regular M4, spent some money tuning it have a better car for alot less!

C7 JFW

820 posts

138 months

Wednesday 19th April
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At a time when you can buy a Focus RS for £32k, or 35k with trimmings.

A BMW M3 for £90k, even in CS format, is over-priced.

Roma101

384 posts

66 months

Wednesday 19th April
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I like the current M4 (and M3) and this looks a great addition to the range, but I had to take a second glance when I read £90k. A DCT M4 CP costs £64k before options. I am struggling to see how this car is worth £26k more than the CS. BMW would be better off just making the CS bits and bobs options so that people can spec. exactly what they want.

To use a PH cliché, it will sell though.