WHEN it lands in Australia in late 2017, the pinnacle of BMW’s M4 range will have a new name, more power and a stunning Nurburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7 minutes, 38 seconds.
BMW is bringing back the CS nameplate, and with it a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight six power plant punching out 338kW of power and 600Nm of torque, capable of 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
The historic nameplate was first seen on the sporty, curvaceous 3200 CS of 1962, the badge evolved via the famous ‘New Class’ 2000 CS in 1965 and the evocative 1971 E9 Series 3.0 CS.
The CS moniker has scarcely been used since, last being seen on the late-run, UK-market E46 Series M3 CS in 2005 (known as ‘Competition Package’ in Australia).
Since then, it’s been sitting on the shelf. But now it’s back with a vengeance, joining a refreshed M4 range that also comprises the M4, M4 Pure and M4 Competition.
With specific tuning to the engine, suspension, steering and differential, the 2018 BMW M4 CS will hit the market at a little over $211,000 and melds striking elements from the limited-edition BMW M4 GTS with the successful M4 Competition series production model.
“The queue for the M4 CS starts here,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “From its uniquely aggressive appearance to its additional performance over the M4 Competition, the BMW M4 CS is a worthy hero for the recently-updated M4 range.”
“Lighter weight and more power ensure an even more dynamic drive than the M4 Competition, but with additional everyday capability and luxury than the M4 GTS,” he said.
Two metallic paint options – Black Sapphire and San Marino Blue – are available as standard equipment, while the non-metallic Alpine White is a no-cost option. In addition, two special BMW Individual paint finishes are available, the bespoke Lime Rock Grey and Frozen Dark Blue II.
M Carbon Ceramic brakes, roller rear sunblind, sun protection glazing, a headlight washer system, TV function and Apple Car Play integration are also available as optional extras.