Report – BMW offering M3 swan song with CS version image

The German automaker is reportedly ready to end the lifeline of the current generation M3 with a more hardcore version, something that will take fans closer to the top of the line, limited series M4 GTS.

The Bavarian automaker has already presented the M4 CS, packing a 460-horsepower (343-kilowatt) engine and a 0-62 mph sprint of just 3.9 seconds, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the engineers were working on putting the same developments inside the M3 sedan as well. According to news coming from German media, the new M3 CS will be “the most powerful M3 of all time,” and should be ready for prime-time sometime next year. Motivation will be provided by the same 3.0-liter biturbo six-cylinder engine, packing up to 460 hp (343 kW), just like with the M4 CS.

Just like the other higher-performance versions, the M3 CS is also reportedly losing a few pounds – right now the sedan is not decidedly ready for the track, tipping the scales at 3,540 pounds (1,605 kilograms). Carbon fiber hood, new front splitter, a rear diffuser, and some added vents, along with new wheels and tires are all on the agenda. There’s even rumor the M3 CS will hit the Nurburgring in no more than 7:40 when equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires – the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the current Nurburgring lap record holder for the sedan category with a time of 7:32.

Via Bimmer Today