With 550 hp and less weight: that's the new BMW M3 CS (G80)!

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The BMWs M GmbH is consistently expanding its product range with particularly attractive special models in 2023. The new BMW M3 CS embodies the racing passion character of the successful high-performance automobiles in the premium segment of the middle class in an even more intense form. Intelligent lightweight construction with a large number of components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), increased engine power, model-specific chassis tuning, exclusive design features and equipment specifically optimized for an emotionally powerful performance experience on the race track are combined with the functionality and suitability for everyday use of the BMW M3 Combined sedan. As a result, the new BMW arrives M3 CS to its own profile, with which it also creates a puristic and fascinating M feeling on the road with every kilometer.

BMW M3 CS (G80)

The drive concept of the new BMW M3 CS includes a 405 kW/550 hp straight six-cylinder engine, an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and the intelligent all-wheel drive system M xDrive. This combination enables acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 3,4 seconds and impressively superior driving characteristics that can be experienced in four seats. The new BMW M3 CS will be produced in a limited edition at the BMW Group plant in Munich from March 2023. Its market launch will start flowing in March 2023. The most important sales regions for the new special model are the USA, Germany, Great Britain and Japan.

More power, less weight, fascinating performance.

More power, less weight - this is the formula that gives the new BMW M3 CS its fascinating performance characteristics and its exclusive charisma. It is powered by a specifically further developed version of the six-cylinder in-line engine developed for the BMW M3/BMW M4 series with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics. The 3,0-liter drive also forms the basis for the engine of the BMW M4 GT3, which drove to the championship win in the DTM in the 2022 season.

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Accordingly, the engine of the new BMW M3 CS also has numerous technology details derived directly from racing. Its crankcase features a linerless, closed-deck design, is extremely rigid and is therefore designed for a particularly high combustion pressure. Weight-optimized cylinder liners with an iron coating applied using the arc wire spraying process (LDS) reduce friction losses.

With its extraordinarily high torsional strength, the forged lightweight crankshaft promotes power development and engine revving. Its cylinder head core is manufactured using a 3D printing process. This makes it possible to arrange the course of the coolant channels in a way that cannot be realized with conventional metal casting processes and is optimal for temperature management. Like the cooling system, the oil supply is also designed for the special challenges of use on the race track.

Six-cylinder in-line engine with 405 kW/550 hp.

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With these special features, the engine of the new BMW M3 CS is consistently geared towards high speeds and maximum power development. Its great potential made it possible to increase the maximum output by 3 kW/30 hp to 40 kW/405 hp compared to the drive of the BMW M550 Competition Sedan with M xDrive. The extra power goes hand in hand with unlimited qualities in terms of stability and durability and is realized through targeted adjustments to the M TwinPower Turbo technology. The focus is on increasing the maximum boost pressure of the two mono-scroll turbochargers from 1,7 bar to 2,1 bar and model-specific tuning of the engine control.

In addition, a model-specific engine mount with a higher spring rate ensures a particularly tight connection between the drive unit and the vehicle structure. As a result, the driver's load request is answered with an even more spontaneous engine response and direct transmission of his power to the drive train. Already between 2 750 and 5 950 min-1 the engine of the new BMW M3 CS provides its maximum torque of 650 Nm. It reaches its peak performance at a speed of 6 rpm-1, the maximum speed of the drive is 7 200 min-1.

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The specific performance characteristics are characterized by a continuous development of power up to high engine speeds. It is accompanied by the emotionally powerful sound generated by the two-pipe exhaust system with electrically controlled flaps, a weight-optimized titanium rear silencer and the two pairs of tailpipes painted matt black that are typical of M. In the SPORT and SPORT+ modes that can be selected for the engine characteristics in the M Setup menu, the acoustic presence of the drive increases to a sound characteristic unmistakably inspired by a racetrack atmosphere, which effectively stages the gear changes and the associated jumps in engine speed in particular.

Outstanding power brought perfectly to the road: 8-speed M Steptronic transmission, M xDrive, active M differential.

The engine of the new BMW M3 CS transmits its drive torque to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. It is operated with an M-specific gear selector switch on the center console and carbon-fibre shift paddles on the steering wheel. The driver can use the Drivelogic button integrated in the gear selector switch to influence the shifting characteristics of the transmission. You can choose between a comfort-oriented, a sports and a setting optimized for track use.

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Traction and agility of the new BMW M3 CS benefit from the all-wheel drive system M xDrive. With the help of an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in the transfer case, it continuously and fully variably distributes the drive torque between the front and rear wheels. The optimized oil supply to the multi-disc clutch enables enduring all-wheel drive performance, even when driven intensively on the racetrack. With its rear-wheel-focused design and in combination with the fully variable active M differential in the rear axle drive, the M xDrive system supports the typical M feeling when accelerating and when cornering dynamically.

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In addition to the basic 4WD setting, the driver can use the M Setup menu to select the 4WD Sport mode, in which an even higher proportion of the drive torque is sent to the rear wheels. When the driving stability control DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) is deactivated, the 2WD mode is also available. The exclusive transmission of the drive torque to the rear wheels and the absence of stabilizing interventions by the control systems help experienced drivers to have a particularly active driving experience.

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The interaction of the engine, transmission and M xDrive enables impressive acceleration values. The new BMW M100 CS accelerates from zero to 3 km/h in 3,4 seconds, and 11,1 seconds are needed to accelerate from zero to 200 km/h. The intermediate sprint from 80 to 120 km/h takes 2,6 seconds (4th gear) or 3,3 seconds (5th gear). The top speed of the BMW M3 CS, which comes standard with the M Driver's Package, is electronically limited to 302 km/h.

Chassis technology and driving stability control with model-specific tuning, track tires as standard.

The chassis technology of the new BMW M3 CS is precisely matched to the performance characteristics of the engine, the vehicle concept and its weight balance. Furthermore, the model-specific settings of the DSC driving stability control and the M Dynamic Mode are geared towards the special requirements of highly dynamic use on the race track. Independent axle kinematics as well as model-specific wheel camber values, shock absorbers, additional springs and stabilizers optimize the steering precision, the transmission of cornering forces, the response of the suspension and damping as well as the wheel control.

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In addition, the electronically controlled shock absorbers of the Adaptive M suspension, the electromechanical M Servotronic steering with variable ratio and the integrated braking system of the new BMW M3 CS also feature model-specific tuning. The standard equipment of the special model includes an M compound brake system with either red or black painted brake calipers. An M carbon ceramic brake system is available as an option. Your brake calipers are available with a matt gold or red finish. The new BMW M3 CS is also equipped as standard with forged M light-alloy wheels in an exclusive V-spoke design and in the color gold bronze.

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This version of the M light-alloy wheels is also optionally available in matt black. The lightweight wheels measuring 19 inches on the front axle and 20 inches on the rear axle are equipped as standard with track tires measuring 275/35 ZR19 at the front and 285/30 ZR20 at the rear, which were specially developed for the special model. As an alternative to this version designed for use on the racetrack, high-performance tires in the same dimensions are available on request and at no extra charge.

Lightweight construction with extensive use of carbon, optimized body rigidity.

The performance properties and the exclusive character of the new BMW M3 CS are significantly influenced by extensive and model-specific lightweight construction measures. The focus is on the use of components made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the exterior and interior. In addition to the carbon roof, the special model also has a bonnet, front splitter, front air intakes, exterior mirror caps, a rear diffuser and a rear spoiler made from the lightweight high-tech material. Its center console, the shift paddles on its steering wheel and its interior trim are also made of CFRP. The standard M carbon bucket seats also help to optimize the weight in the interior.

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In addition, the exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS is more than 4 kilograms lighter thanks to its titanium rear silencer. Overall, the lightweight construction measures result in a weight reduction of around 3 kilograms compared to the BMW M20 Competition Sedan with M xDrive. In the engine compartment of the new BMW M3 CS, body rigidity is increased with the aid of a package of precision struts available as an option, which was also designed with lightweight construction in mind. The cast aluminum elements between the spring strut towers and the front end have a weight-optimized geometry that was precisely matched to the forces acting in different driving situations with the help of numerical models.

Exclusive design features indicate fascinating performance.

With individual design features, the new BMW M3 CS already expresses its sharpened profile at first glance. A body finish in Frozen Solid White metallic is available exclusively for the latest special model from BMW M GmbH. Visible carbon surfaces for the roof and in the area of ​​two indentations on the bonnet, for the front splitter, the front air intakes, the M exterior mirror caps, the rear spoiler and the rear apron, as well as the black side skirts and M gills create an attractive contrast to the new paintwork .

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Alternatively, the exterior colors Signal Green non-metallic, Brooklyn Gray metallic and Sapphire Black metallic are available. At the front of the vehicle, the weight-optimized, frameless BMW kidney grille appears in a particularly puristic and racing-oriented style. Red contour lines and the "M3 CS" lettering on the upper of the two horizontal kidney bars characterize their model-specific design. Like the front, the model designation on the tailgate features black surfaces and a red border.

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Another particularly striking accent at the front of the new BMW M3 CS is set by the BMW laser headlights included in the standard equipment. Both in the welcome display after unlocking the doors and when the low beam and high beam are activated, they don't shine in white, but in yellow and thus refer to successful GT racing vehicles.

M carbon bucket seats with exclusive surfaces and seam patterns.

In the interior of the new BMW M3 CS, a sports car cockpit designed for concentrated driving pleasure and maximum performance is combined with advanced digital technology and exclusive design elements. The driver and front passenger sit on model-specific M carbon bucket seats as standard. They are fully electrically adjustable and heated and have integrated headrests and illuminated model lettering. They thus form a unique combination of racing feeling and long-distance comfort. Its weight-optimized construction is expressed in the use of CFRP in the structural elements of the seat and backrest as well as in the striking openings in the area of ​​the side bolsters and below the headrests.

The M Carbon bucket seats of the new BMW M3 CS have surfaces in Merino leather and an exclusive design in the color combination black/red with striking contrasting stitching. The two-tone design is also carried over to the two seats in the rear of the sedan. The door panels are completely covered with black leather, both in the front and in the second row of seats. A red "CS" lettering is applied to the lightweight center console. The standard equipment of the new BMW M3 CS M also includes seat belts with a woven stripe pattern in the colors of BMW M GmbH, door sill panels bearing the “M3 CS” lettering, an anthracite-colored headliner, interior trim strips in carbon fiber and an M Alcantara steering wheel with CFRP shift paddles and red 12 o'clock marking.

Setup button for individual vehicle configuration.

The M-specific operating system includes the setup button on the center console. It allows direct access to the setting options for the engine, chassis, steering, braking system and M xDrive. Two individually configured variants of the setup can be permanently saved together with the preferred settings for the drive sound, the driving stability control, the auto start-stop function and the shift characteristics of the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and called up with the M buttons on the steering wheel.

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The M Drive Professional system is also part of the standard equipment of the new BMW M3 CS. The special model not only has the M Drift Analyzer and M Laptimer functions, which can be used to evaluate and document driving skills and performance on the racetrack. The 10-stage traction control M Traction Control also offers ideal conditions for ambitious driving pleasure on closed slopes. Another component of the M Drive Professional is the M Mode button on the center console. It can be used to influence the activities of the driver assistance systems and the displays in the information display and in the optional head-up display. The settings ROAD, SPORT and TRACK are available in the BMW M3 CS.

BMW Curved Display with M-specific displays.

The latest-generation BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8 includes the BMW Curved Display in the cockpit of the new BMW M3 CS. It consists of a 12,3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14,9 inches (approx. 38 cm) under a common curved glass surface. Ergonomically, this is clearly geared towards the driver in order to facilitate intuitive touch operation.

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The graphic layout of the information display and the content shown there in the typical M style support the concentrated, performance-oriented driving experience. All driving-relevant data and information about vehicle status and settings are clearly arranged. The typical M shift lights are displayed in the upper area, while the modes of the driving stability systems, M xDrive and traction control can be read in the lower area. Specific widgets with information about the currently selected vehicle setup as well as tire pressure and temperature can also be shown on the Control Display's home screen.

High-quality options for driving pleasure and everyday comfort.

The range of functions of the standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes the navigation system BMW Maps and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as well as smartphone integration, telephony with wireless charging and a WLAN interface. The BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific displays and the BMW Drive Recorder are optionally available.

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Furthermore, the new BMW M3 CS offers a selection of comfort features and driver assistance systems with a clear focus on puristic driving pleasure. As standard, it has the latest version of comfort access, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, Park Distance Control, front collision warning, lane departure warning and Speed ​​Limit Info. An alarm system, automatic tailgate operation and the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant systems are available as options.

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With 550 hp and less weight: this is the new BMW M3 CS (G80)!
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