BMW M3 CS spied


While the BMW M4 CS wasn't a spiritual successor to the much admired E46 M3 CS (the Competition Package versions having adopted that position), it did seem to finally realise the potential in the F82 M car. Gone were the occasionally wayward (and sometimes downright terrifying) sensibilities of the standard car, replaced by a sports coupe of great composure, confidence and poise. Just a shame it's £90K really...


Don't expect that price to suddenly drop for this, the new M3 version - though the promise of something that drives as well as the M4 CS in the better proportioned, broader and, let's face it, cooler four-door saloon is a hugely appealing prospect.

Caught lapping at you know where, this M3 CS appears to have carried over all the recognisable tweaks from the M4. See the wheels, most obviously, and then those parts camo'd up: bonnet, front and rear spoilers. If they're made from the same lightweight carbon fibre as the coupe, that ought to knock a few precious kilos from the stock model's kerbweight.

Expect the M3 CS to be mechanically identical to the M4, with a nominal 10hp gain from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six and a standard DCT gearbox. A Nurburgring lap time in the region of the coupe's 7min 38sec would be good too...

Plenty to be keen on basically, a M3 (hopefully) made brilliant by the same tweaks already applied to the M4. Our sources and the advanced state of the development mule suggest a 2018 launch date - Geneva perhaps - so get pally with your dealer now. And set aside about £85K.

 

 

[Photos: SB Medien]

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  • robm3 25 Oct 2017

    For some reason these new m3/4’s just leave me cold, perhaps because they stuffed the first versions up and charged more for the proper experience.
    Ah well, maybe I’m getting old frown

  • Agent XXX 25 Oct 2017

    Makes no sense when the Guilia is more powerful, faster, better looking, cheaper (substantially) and not a feckin BM

  • Dave Hedgehog 25 Oct 2017

    Agent XXX said:
    Makes no sense when the Guilia is more powerful, faster, better looking, cheaper (substantially) and not a feckin BM
    the day BMW decided to start pumping fake engine noises through the speakers it was clear the accountants were in charge and the bottom line was everything, enthusiasts become an irrelevance

  • Agent XXX 25 Oct 2017

    Dave Hedgehog said:
    the day BMW decided to start pumping fake engine noises through the speakers it was clear the accountants were in charge and the bottom line was everything, enthusiasts become an irrelevance
    Quite. What IS that all about????

  • mylesmcd 25 Oct 2017

    robm3 said:
    For some reason these new m3/4’s just leave me cold, perhaps because they stuffed the first versions up and charged more for the proper experience.
    Ah well, maybe I’m getting old frown
    They fall between a rock and a hard place for me. Special, but not special enough to warrant the price or additional drama they come with. (I mean heating up, parking, unwanted attention etc) The price would lead me to a 2 car scenario!

    Still - it is still the bench mark in the sector.

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