BMW M3 CS arrives as a higher-powered, lighter special series image

The rumors were correct – the Bavarian automaker is making a comeback to its pleasure to drive had roots, by expanding its family of high-performance models with a purist side.

Following the initial introduction and great welcome for the M4 CS, the moniker has been attached to a second model – the M3 CS, which follows the exact same recipe of the coupe brethren. It’s coming as a higher-powered, lighter model – the only downside it’s going to be sold in a very limited set number of examples, 1200 of them to be more precise. Under the bonnet sits the same turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder engine that has been massaged for an additional 28 hp (20-kW) over the base M3, for a total of 453 horsepower (337 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (600 Newton-meters) of torque.

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This means there’s also 10 percent more torque – and coupled with a serious 110-pound (49-kilogram) wellness cure the 0-60 mile-per-hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint is now down to a mere 3.7 seconds, while the electronically limited top speed now stands at a good 174 mph (280 kph). Naturally the M3 CS also sports additional trinkets – a dual-branch sports exhaust system with drive mode-dependent flaps, electronically controlled Active M limited-slip differential and a set of lightweight forged alloy wheels inspired by the M4 DTM racers.

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These Orbit Grey Matt alloys can hide the optional carbon ceramic brakes and also bode well with the design modifications of the M3 CS. There’s an increasingly sculpted front fascia, with huge central and lateral vents, LED headlights, a slim dual kidney grille, and a new front splitter. Just like the latter part, the “Gurney Flap” at the rear also comes in exposed carbon fiber. Inside buyers will find a custom Silverstone/Black leather and Alcantara finish, new lightweight M sports seats, an M sports steering wheel, along with mandatory CS badges throughout.