BMW M4 CS: Track-bred to prove a point

BMW has introduced the M4 CS special edition that falls in between its BMW M M4 model line-up. With its eye-catching, emotionally powerful looks, it also raises the profile of the M4 range another notch.

A new model-specific front splitter in exposed carbon fiber defines the face of the new BMW M4 CS, which cuts an unquestionably dominant and dynamic figure even when standing still. The new BMW M4 CS also comes with the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features already familiar from the M4 with Competition Package. This means features such as the side window trim and window recess covers are finished in high-gloss black, as are the BMW kidney grille and the prominent M gills on the front wings.

The car’s athletic lines extend along the CFRP bonnet and powerdome, over the roof; with its shallow central channel, and the new, likewise carbon-fiber spoiler lip on the boot lid, to the rear diffuser and its four exhaust tailpipes, integrated with impeccable stylistic fluency. The model badge on the tail is in silver chrome .Other highlights include OLED rearlights and light-alloy wheels in Orbit Grey.

The extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) ensures that the new BMW M4 CS is extremely light; indeed, its kerb weight is just 1,580 kilograms (acc. to EU, excl. driver). As well as the rear diffuser, large sections of the body are also made from CFRP. The bonnet, for example, is around 25 per cent lighter than that of the BMW M4, as a result.

The BMW M4 CS’s suspensions are rooted not only in a fresh round of suspension revisions over the M4 with Competition Package in terms of spring/damper settings, but also in a moderate increase in power for the six-cylinder in-line, 3.0-liter TwinTUrbo engine. Fitted in the M4 CS, it develops 460 hp, that’s 10 hp more than in the M4 with Competition Package. Peak torque increases by 50 Nm (37 lb-ft) to 600 Nm. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is over in a breathtaking 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 280 km/h when paired with the M Driver’s Package.

Inside, generous use of Alcantara and leather are aimed to conjure up an interior with an enviable sporting feel. Paring down the passenger compartment to the essentials and, in so doing, achieving significant weight savings was also the declared aim with the interior door panels and the side trim in the rear compartment. Both are made from compacted natural fibers, renewable raw materials, in other words, and have been given a special carbon-fiber look. Conventional door pulls give way to lightweight loops in the BMW M4 CS. And yet, despite the rigorously sporty mindset embodied by its cabin and also expressed in the presence of lightweight M sports seats, passengers in the BMW M4 CS need not go without niceties such as single-zone automatic climate control and a high-quality, specially adapted version of the HiFi System Professional.

BMW M is offering two new colors exclusively for the BMW M4 CS special edition: San Marino Blue Metallic and Lime Rock Grey Metallic. A myriad of options available for the M4 range are also applicable for the BMW M4 CS.

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