BMW M3 CS Unveiled With 453 HP, 174 MPH Top Speed

BMW has taken the wraps off the all-new M3 CS.

Designed to offer a blend of high performance and everyday practicality, the model features an upgraded 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 453 hp (337 kW) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission which enables the special edition to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of up to 174 mph (280 km/h).

The performance changes don’t stop under the hood as the M3 CS weighs approximately 110 lbs (50 kg) less than the standard model thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. The lightweight material is used on the hood and roof as well as “large sections of the body.” This not only makes the M3 CS lighter but it also reduces the car’s center of gravity.

Speaking of performance modifications, drivers will find an Adaptive M Suspension, an Active M Differential, and a dual-branch sports exhaust with four tailpipes. The model has also been equipped with a new rear spoiler, an M4 GTS-sourced rear diffuser, and 19- / 20-inch forged alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as designers installed two-tone Merino leather sport seats and Alcantara accents. Other highlights include a Harman Kardon audio system, special door sill plates, and an infotainment system with GPS navigation.

Production will be limited to 1,200 units worldwide and approximately 550 vehicles are bound for the United States. There’s no word on pricing but U.S. customers can place their orders in May.

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  • TheBelltower

    Well hello sexy!

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    same ol 08 interior…no thanks

    • kello3000

      the F30 was introduced in late ’11 and went on sale spring ’12

      • Kevin Tay

        I think he means the dashboard, which has been that way since…. the 2007 BMW 7 Series surfaced


    But the obvious question remains, how much better than a stock M3 will this be? Will it be enough to best the Guilia QV or is all this work just another way for BMW to jack up the price without delivering anything impressive?

    Only time will tell.

  • David mcCreery

    Sooo, basically what the M3 should be out of the box given what they charge for them anymore.

    • Bo Hanan

      M-Cars have become to soft. And BMW is throwing “M” on everything these days. The CSL versions will be the real M-cars of yester yore.

      • David mcCreery

        Exactly right.

  • eb110americana

    People give this M3 a lot of crap for losing the edge of M3s gone-by, but 453 hp in a 3,430 lb. car has got to be a riot. If nothing else, it should raise the benchmark for the next M3 even if this one is too expensive and rare to be relevant to the average buyer today.

    • eb110americana

      My only critique, considering what they are likely to go for, is that the center console is looking rather dated. And that “CS” they laser cut into the Alcantara dash would look super-cheesy and out of place on a Honda, much less a BMW. The rest of the car looks suitably mean.

      • Kaisuke971

        Well the car is in a way dated, it’s the oldest in its class and the CS is the last model for the F80

        • Honda NSX-R

          Dated? I think it’s still pretty fresh! I’d say BMW did a pretty good job in keeping the M3/M4 up-to-date.

  • Evan McMaster

    The interior is always where BMWs fall apart

  • Victor Ferreira

    I realize it’s an enthusiast car, but there’s something about paying a premium and have the car come with *less* features that just doesn’t sit with me. Manual climate control? Really? That’s going to save you sooooo much time at the track. (not)


    manual air-con?!

    • kello3000

      There seems to be an ‘auto’ button but it does differ from the normal F30 layout. Looks like it’s not 2-zone.

  • smartacus

    Reliability was never there
    now the looks aren’t either

  • Christian

    What does CS stand for tho? Club Sport?

    • Marc-Anthony Murray

      I read someplace that it was Coupe Sport. I always thought it was Club Sport, myself.

      • Christian

        Nah, that is the old CSi BMW… 🙂

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  • Vassilis

    Hm, in this particular guise I think the M4 looks better.


    i prefer giulia qv

  • Dennis James

    Looks good, but let’s not forget that the F30 platform is on the way out. Also, there is the much cheaper and significantly more powerful Giulia Quadrifoglio, which has a much better chassis with double wishbone front suspension, torque vectoring and other stuff that you will only find in the larger M5.

    Basically…dead on arrival. Good for rich collectors, maybe.

  • SteersUright

    Too big, too old, too complicated, too expensive.

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