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Limited edition BMW M3 CS confirmed for SA

2017-11-09 11:16

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Johannesburg - BMW has given the CS treatment to its M3 performance sedan, and has earmarked only 15 units for South Africa. 

Orders for the M3 CS open in January 2018 and just 1200 of the special-edition model will be built from March 2018 and available locally from May 2018. Pricing will be confirmed in due course. 

Like the M4 CS, which we recently drove at Kyalami during the inaugural M Fest in October, the 3.0-litre high-performance engine produces 338kW. The M3 CS can leap from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and the top speed which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280km/h. 

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The M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This

The suspension largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package says BMW. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics.

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The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential.

The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20), are fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Inside

Moving inside, the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara. 

Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional.

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At the front you'll find twin LED headlights and a front apron with large, three-section air intakes. The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift says BMW.

These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

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