During my recent visit to the BMW Driving Centre in Seoul (don’t worry you’ll get to hear all about it), I had an extra special reason to be excited – a sneak unveiling of the new BMW M4 CS.
Under the strictest (and I mean strictest) confidentiality, our host BMW M Vice President Sales and Marketing Peter Quintus drew back the silk sheet on their new Competition Sport. Nudging below the GTS, it essentially has all the heart of a track car with some lavish road going luxury.
With carbon fibre underpinning wherever possible, it is light and sporty and with a 3.0-litre high-performance engine (with State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology) the M4 CS dips below the four-second mark for the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, stopping the clock at 3.9 seconds while Top speed is limited to 280kph.
The new BMW M4 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.
Here is the press speak on the styling – BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M4 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes. These serve up feed an ample supply of cooling air to both the high-performance engine and the fade-resistant M compound brakes with four-piston callipers at the front and two-piston callipers at the rear.
The new model-specific front splitter was made from exposed carbon fibre exclusively for the M4 CS special edition. In the interests of aerodynamic efficiency, it teams up with the rear diffuser carried over for the BMW M4 GTS and the likewise newly designed, exposed carbon-fibre Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid to minimise dynamic lift. Innovative rear lights with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology introduced by BMW M GmbH exclusively for the M4 CS and M4 GTS break new ground, while the front splitter, Gurney and rear diffuser, together with the long CFRP bonnet, flowing, coupe-like roofline, elegantly sporty M exterior mirrors and muscular wheel arches, allow the new BMW M4 CS to cut an extremely dynamic figure, even when it’s standing still
Its racing credentials have been thoroughly tested too – The new BMW M4 CS has also been honed on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife and its ’Ring lap time of 7 min. 38 sec. puts the CS in super-sports car territory.
Having now leered over its good looks for quite some time, I have my fingers crossed in the hope of getting some behind the wheel time when it lands in NZ!
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