BMW M4 CS brings DTM-inspired performance for the road from $210k

Launched in April this year, the BMW M4 CS is a limited-run special edition model designed to fill the gap between the M4 Competition Package and track-oriented M4 GTS. The latest addition to the M4 range is the sharpest road-focused M4 and today its price and specification have been confirmed for Australia.

Available from late-2017, the BMW M4 CS carries a sticker of $211,610 plus on-road costs with standard features including Adaptive M Suspension, Active M Differential, M-specific head up display and M4 Competition’s M Compound Brake setup with four-piston front brake calipers backed by two-piston rears. Those seeking the ultimate in braking can specify the M Ceramic braking system, which features six-pot front calipers and four-pot rears along with ultra lightweight brake discs.

The M4 CS rolls on forged 10-spoke light alloy wheels in Orbit Grey measuring 9 x 19 inch at the front and 10 x 20 inch at the rear, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that measure 265/35R19 up-front and 285/30R20 at the rear. Those seeking even higher cornering performance can specify the Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber.

Other standard specification highlights include:

  • BMW Individual Anthracite roofliner
  • ConnectedDrive Services including
    • Concierge Services
    • Intelligent Emergency Call
    • Real-time traffic information
    • Remote Services (including remote locking/unlocking and address send to car)
    • TeleServices
  • Hands-free Bluetooth and USB interfaces
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • Front and rear park distance control
  • Speed limit Information
  • Automatic rain sensor including headlight activation
  • Storage Compartment Package, adapted to M4 CS
  • Specially-adapted 12-speaker sound system

Developed at the Nürburgring test track, the M4 CS lapped the circuit in 7 minutes and 38 seconds, just 10 seconds slower than the M4 GTS. It features a fresh round of suspension revisions over the M4 Competition Package, including new spring and damper settings. There’s also a moderate increase in the 3.0-litre in-line six cylinder engine power output, with a hike of 7kW to 343kW accompanied by an extra 50Nm bump in peak torque to 600Nm, enabling a 0 to 100km/h sprint time of just 3.9 seconds.

Visually the M4 CS adds a front bumper splitter and boot lid spoiler, both of which made of carbon-fibre. The car’s bonnet and rear diffuser are also now made of the lightweight material, contributing to the M4 CS’ weight of just 1,580kg.

Unlike the M4 GTS, BMW has deliberately steered the M4 CS away from a focus on the track as evident by the fixed, non-adjustable front splitter and the deletion of the GTS’ adjustable GT wing in favour of a rear lip spoiler. In the interests of everyday practicality, the M4 CS also forgoes the roll cage fitted in the M4 GTS.

Inside, the M4 CS boasts Alcantara and leather upholstery and interior trim made from compacted natural fibres – renewable raw materials, in other words – which have been given a special carbon-fibre look. Elsewhere, conventional door pulls give way to lightweight loops, complemented by lightweight M sports seats. It retains comfort features such as a single-zone climate control and a specially adapted version of the HiFi System Professional.

“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.

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