2024 BMW M3 CS with xDrive and 543 hp

It’s hard for BMW enthusiasts not to be incredibly excited about the M3 CS. After the dynamite M2CS and M5CS, these two letters carry a lot of weight. Of course, the fans – myself included – are hoping that BMW can recreate the sensational driving dynamics of the two cars mentioned above with the new 2024 BMW M3 CS. Now that it’s finally here, the specs look promising.

power of the big time

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Obviously, the 2024 BMW M3 CS gets more power than the standard car without stepping on the toes of the M4 CSL. So the M3 CS’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo ‘S58’ straight-six produces 543 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. This power increase was achieved simply by increasing boost pressure from 24.7 to 30.5 psi and light engine tuning. Maximum torque is between 2,750 and 5,950 rpm and peak power between 6,250 and 7,200 rpm. Thanks to a titanium rear silencer, it should also sound better.

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As you might expect, the M3 CS uses the same ZF eight-speed automatic transmission as the M4 CSL. Unlike the M4 CSL, however, the M3 CS uses BMW M’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and limited-slip rear differential. Even with slightly less power and more weight, the BMW M3 CS could actually be faster on a straight than the M4 CSL due to its extra traction.

CSL Lite Looks

From the outside, the 2024 BMW M3 CS looks almost identical to the M4 CSL, only slightly weakened. For example, it has the same grille insert, same front air intakes, similar lower front lip, and almost the same hood stripes. The latter lack the red accents of the CSL, but are essentially holdovers. The two main stylistic differences are the absence of the duck-tail rear spoiler on the M3 CS, which has been replaced with a glued-on rear spoiler, and the apparent addition of two doors. They look so alike that they just look like 2- and 4-door versions of the same car, for better or worse. However, the M3 CS gets two additional colors as it comes in Brooklyn Grey, Black Sapphire Metallic, Frozen White Metallic and Signal Green.

A little bummer is that the rear seats on the M3 CS aren’t the awesome rear bucket seats on the M5 CS. Sure, they weren’t very practical, but they made it special. It would have been exciting if BMW had at least optionally given the M3 CS similar seats. However, it still has a full rear seat and two additional doors, so it’s not quite as impractical as the M4 CSL. No rear net either.

iDrive 8 and carbon bucket seats

As for the rest of the cabin, the BMW M3 CS gets the same armrest, or lack thereof, as the M4 CSL, with just a small carbon fiber tunnel and leather elbow rest. The front seats are the same carbon fiber bucket seats you’ll find in the M3 Competition, not the M4 CSL’s optional manual jobs. But that’s the name of the game, so to speak, as the M3 CS is meant to be more livable and practical than the M4 CSL, which is more of a pure race car. The BMW M3 CS 2024 is an everyday road car with track capability. So its interior is adequate.

Only one color scheme is available for the cabin; black with Mugello red accents. However, given BMW’s recent offerings, that’s not surprising. The biggest internal change for the M3 CS is the addition of iDrive 8 and its accompanying curved dual-screen setup. That shows BMW wants this to be more of a daily driver, as it has the more comprehensive, high-tech infotainment system rather than the simpler, less distracting iDrive 7 used in the M4 CSL.

Along with iDrive 8 comes interesting standard equipment, such as the M Drive Professional package. That brings the M Drift Analyzer, the M Laptimer and the ten-way traction control system.

CS without L

The “CSL” badge stands for “Competition Sport Lightweight”, which is why the M4 CSL is the lightest of all M3/M4 models at almost 3,700 lbs. This makes the 2024 BMW M3 CS with an unladen weight of 3,915 lbs 75 lbs lighter than the M3 Competition, but not quite as light as the CSL. It has some weight loss measures similar to the CSL, such as: B. the carbon fiber roof, the carbon fiber hood and the stripped down interior.

Without testing the M3 CS, there’s no way to tell if it’s more sound deadening, but it wouldn’t be surprising. The M4 CSL is so loud inside, you can hear every pebble and rock hitting its underbelly. If the M3 CS is to be more livable, it will likely be quieter and more refined. Don’t expect it to be quite as refined as the M3 Competition, however.

Can BMW recapture the CS Magic?

I think it’s fair to say that the BMW M2 CS and M5 CS were the two best-driving Bimmers of the decade and will be among the greats. To magically replicate this for the M3 CS, it has been made stiffer than the M3 Competition, with additional structural bracing and unique suspension and chassis tuning. Its suspension kinematics, bushings, camber settings, anti-roll bars and electronically controlled dampers have all been specifically tuned for the M3 CS to give it the best possible chance of being as good as its predecessors. Even the traction control was designed specifically for the M3 CS, proving it’s not just a fancy badge and engine tune.

Another helpful tool to make the M3 CS special is tire choice. Instead of the M3 Competition’s Michelin PS4S tires, the M3 CS gets Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as a free option (they’re not standard because they’re not particularly friendly to cold or wet climates). They’re not quite as aggressive as the M4 CSL’s Cup 2 R tires, but they’re close.

These extremely sticky tires wrap around a model-specific V-spoke wheel design, 275/35/ZR19 at the front and 285/30/ZR20 at the rear. These wheels are available in either gold bronze or matte black.

Could this be the sweet spot?

The 2024 BMW M3 CS has a chance to be the sweet spot in the M3 lineup. It is more powerful, lighter, faster and more capable than the M3 Competition, but more user-friendly, comfortable and versatile than the M4 CSL. On paper, at least, it seems to have reproduced the formula that made the M2 CS and M5 CS so good. Now we wait until we can test it to really find out.

When will the 2024 BMW M3 CS be available?

Production will begin in March 2024

How many units of the BMW M3 CS 2024 will be built?

Fewer than 2,000 units are rumored to be made worldwide

Is the BMW M3 CS all-wheel drive?

Yes, the 2024 BMW M3 CS (G80) is equipped with the BMW M xDrive all-wheel drive system

Does the BMW M3 CS have rear bucket seats?

Unlike the M5 CS, the BMW M3 CS does not have bucket seats for the rear passengers

How much does the new BMW M3 CS 2024 cost?

MSRP is $118,700 plus $995 for destination and handling.


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