BMW reveals the latest addition to its M3 lineup with the 2024 BMW M3 CS, inspired by the brand’s GT3 race cars, and 75 lbs lighter than the M3 Competition xDrive, with a curb weight of 3,915 lbs., due in part to the extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
The all-wheel drive 2024 BMW M3 CS lives up to its Competition Sport designation with a 543 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine with 479 lb-ft of torque channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It boasts a 40 hp boost over the standard M3 Competition due in part to an increase in boost pressure from 24.7 psi to 30.5 psi and is quoted to go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 188 mph.
The M3 CS gets chassis upgrades in the form of tuned electronically controlled dampers and anti-roll bars, wheel camber settings, stability control, steering, and model-specific axle kinematics tuning. Its exclusive V-spoke design alloy wheels in gold bronze or matte black can be paired with 19-inch front and 20-inch rear high-performance summer tires or Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as no-cost options. It is integrated with M3 Competition xDrive’s standard brakes as standard, and the M Carbon ceramic brakes are an available option.
It sports a unique red accented kidney grille with an ‘M3 CS’ badge on the upper bars, motorsport-inspired yellow daytime running lights, carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, hood, front splitter, air intakes, exterior mirror caps, rear diffuser, and rear spoiler. Color options include the exclusive Frozen Solid White metallic paint finish, Brooklyn Grey metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, or Signal Green.
The interior sports power-adjustable heated seats plus Merino leather upholstery that combines black with Mugello red accents and unique contrast stitching. It has an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, CFRP interior shift paddles, a center console, interior trim strips, and heated seat backs. Drivers are also welcomed with a heads-up display, 14.9-inch curved iDrive 8 console display, red ‘CS’ lettering on the seats and dash, and the M-tricolor woven into the seatbelts. The M3 CS, unlike the M4 CSL, also has rear seats.
Standard equipment on the 2024 M3 CS includes the M Sport Differential, Adaptive M Suspension, Comfort Access keyless entry, Dual Zone automatic climate control, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, M front strut brace, Active Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.
The 2024 BMW M3 CS will be a limited-production model with prices starting at $119,695, including the destination charge, with production expected to begin in March.