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New BMW M5, M4 CS to make SA debuts at M Festival

2017-08-31 07:31

CLUBSPORT RETURNS: The M4 CS will be launched at the BMW M Festival in October 2017. Image: Supplied

Johannesburg - The first-ever BMW M Festival will take place from 21 to 22 October 2017 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Johannesburg.

The big news is that the new M5, M4 CS and X3 M40i will be unveiled at the festival.

The M5, now with all-wheel drive, will make its local debut after being shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September. The 441kW sedan will go on sale in first quarter of 2018. 

BMW will launch the M4 CS at the festival. It uses a 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine that raises the output to 338kW.

It gallops to 100km/h from standstill in a claimed 3.9 seconds. The top speed which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280km/h.

Also on display will be the first ever M Performance model in the X3 line-up – the X3 M40i – it's due to make its market launch in November 2017. 

Powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine developing 265kW, the flagship X3 has a claimed 0 to 100km/h sprint time of 4.8 seconds. 

Aside from model launches, the automaker says customers, fans and car enthusiasts will get to experience hot laps and book test drives across the BMW M and M Performance model range. 

The BMW DTM race team (Team Schnitzer with driver Tom Blomqvist) will also make a special appearance at the event and offer visitors hot laps in the BMW M4 DTM car around the 16-turn, 4.522km anti-clockwise FIA graded circuit. How cool is that?! 

Tickets can be purchased here. 


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