German luxury automaker BMW has unveiled the limited edition Club Sport (CS) variant of the four-door M3 sedan. The most hardcore variant of the fifth-generation F80 M3, this M3 CS is faster and lighter than its two-door sibling, the M4 CS. However, it lacks the availability of proper backseats.
Mechanically, the saloon comes powered by the same turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine tuned to produce 454bhp of maximum power instead of 424bhp as earlier with 600Nm of torque. With an electronically limited top speed of 280kmph, the vehicle is now capable of doing a 0-100kmph sprint in 3.9seconds. While the transmission duties are carried out by the seven-speed M DCT transmission and the power is sent to the rear wheels. With these abilities, the M3 CS becomes the fastest-accelerating road-going M3 model till date. Three different driving modes including 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Sport+' allow the driver to adjust steering, suspension, engine, transmission and traction settings.
The highlights at the exterior include, newly-designed LED headlight complementing the new front splitters, aggressive diffusers at the rear along with quad exhausts and a Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid. All these components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) material. Talking about the interior, the M3 CS offers a two-tone cabin wrapped in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara leather upholstery. While the standard features include, automatic climate control, Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional.
Similar to its sibling M4 CS, the M3 CS has also undergone weight shedding measures. With the extensive use of carbon fibre on the boot, roof and other composite material, the kerb weight has been reduced to 1585kg now. Also, body panels like the bonnet and roof have also received this weight shedding treatment, with weight down by 25 per cent and six kilograms respectively, helping to also lower the sports sedan's centre of gravity. Apart from these, the special edition light-alloy wheels are wrapped in special 285 section semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres while the adaptive M suspension comes as a standard fitment. The M3 CS also comes with the M’s compound brake package, with four-pot callipers up front and two-pot callipers at the rear, similar to the M3 Competition Package.
The M3 CS offers five exterior color options, including 'San Marino Blue', 'Lime Rock Grey, 'Frozen Dark Blue II' and 'Black Sapphire' metallics, as well as the no-cost 'Alpine White'. While the M3 CS will be limited to just 1,200 units, the advanced bookings will open only in January 2018 with the production commencing from March 2018. In terms of pricing, while the M4 CS is priced at $211,900 ex-showroom a $55,190 premium over the M4 Competition, we can expect the M3 CS should cost about $200,000. Also, there is no conformation regarding the saloon coming to India and since, it is a limited edition vehicle we cannot expect the automaker to bring it to the country much likely to its other siblings.