2018 BMW M3 CS on sale in Australia from $179,900, arrives June

April 11, 2018

Following in the footsteps of the M4 CS, BMW Australia will soon introduce the sedan version in the form of the M3 CS. It comes in as the most powerful road-going M3 ever offered in Australia.

Just like the M4 CS, the M3 version comes with an uprated 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline six engine producing 338kW and 600Nm. This is a healthy boost up from the regular 317kW output, or 331kW in the Competition specification. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission as standard.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint, the clock stops in a claimed 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 280kW. And as we found out, the M3 CS has posted a cracking Nurburgring lap time of just 7:38. Despite the impressive performance, the M3 CS offers an official average fuel consumption rating of just 8.4L/100km.

It’s easy to spot the CS from the outside compared with the regular M3. There’s a more aggressive aero kit including a carbon fibre front lip spoiler, black kidney grilles, a carbon fibre bonnet complete with the ‘power dome’ bulge, while the rear gets a big lip spoiler made from carbon, and a chunky diffuser underneath, also made from carbon. A carbon fibre roof is standard, cutting 6kg from the regular steel roof’s weight.

To complete the look a set of 19- and 20-inch light-alloy wheels in Orbit grey are fitted, inspired by the wheels on the 2016 DTM championship-winning M4 racing car. These are 9kg lighter per corner compared with the regular wheels, measuring 9 inches wide on the front and 10 inches on the back. Helping with grip are a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, measuring 265/35 at the front and 285/30 on the rear.

The interior features the Competition sports seats covered in two-tone Silverstone/black Merino leather, with Alcantara trimming used for the door panels and dash, and for the steering wheel. Despite being a track-ready vehicle the M3 CS still comes with a comprehensive 8.8-inch media interface with iDrive 6 software, as well as a 12-speaker sound system.

Just 1200 examples are destined for Australia. Prices start at $179,900 (excluding on-roads), with deliveries set to commence in June. See below for the highlight features:

  • Mixed, forged light-alloy wheels, featuring 19-inch front and 20-inch rear diameters
  • Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres as standard; Super Sport tyres are a no-cost option
  • CFRP roof, bonnet, front splitter, rear diffuser and rear gurney flap
  • Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Black Line LED tail lights
  • Quad 80mm stainless steel tailpipes, engraved with M emblems
  • Seven-speed M DCT transmission
  • CFRP prop shaft
  • Specifically tuned Adaptive M suspension
  • M Drive Modes with specific calibrations
  • Active M differential
  • M Driver’s Package, with top speed increased to 280km/h
  • Full leather Merino upholstery in bicolour Black/Silverstone
  • BMW Individual Full leather interior trim, in bicolour Black/Silverstone
  • Head-Up Display with specific M contents
  • Front and rear Park Distance Control
  • 12-speaker HiFi system, specially adapted for the M3 CS
  • Navigation system Professional with 8.8-inch touch screen display
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Speed Limit Info
  • BMW Connected+
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services including real-time traffic information, Intelligent 
Emergency Call, TeleServices, Remote Services and ConnectedDrive Freedom including Concierge Services

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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