BMW Rolls Out a 550-HP M3 CS Super Sedan That Does 0-60 In 3.2 Seconds

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For years, BMW’s M range has represented its most high-performance models. Amongst the M range, the most capable cars have long been the CS-spec (or “Competition Sport”) models — the latest of which to break cover is the new and vastly-improved 2023 BMW M3 CS. 

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Available exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the latest M3 CS is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six that’s backed by two mono-scroll turbochargers, indirect charge air-cooling, high-precision injection, and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing. Generating 550hp and 480ft-lbs of torque, the M3 CS can now clock a 0-60mph time of just 3.2 seconds and offers a top speed of 188mph. The M3 CS’ aero kit features an aggressive hood design, a front splitter, roof, mirror caps, front air intakes, and rear apron and spoiler that are all crafted from exposed carbon fiber reinforced plastic. 

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Keeping the new M3 CS planted is BMW’s top-of-the-line track-developed Adaptive M suspension with M-specific kinematics and M Compound brakes with vented discs bit by fixed six-pot calipers. The new CS-spec M3 also comes loaded with tech such as Dynamic Stability Control, an M Dynamic mode, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, drive-off assist, an active M differential, and M xDrive all-wheel-drive. What’s more, on top of a titanium muffler, the M3 CS also comes with BMW’s M Drive Professional package as a standard amenity, meaning the daily drivable sports car features a 10-stage traction control system, an onboard lap timer, and BMW’s M Drift Analyzer. Trimmed in black leather with red accents, the carbon-clad interior of the M3 CS features M Carbon bucket seats as standard, as well as a 14.9” curved display and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with carbon fiber inlays and paddle shifters.

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Produced in limited numbers, the 2023 BMW M3 CS is scheduled to begin production this March with pricing starting at $119,695.