BMW Inspires with M4 CS Performance Coupe
BMW revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show that it will introduce a first-ever M4 CS compact premium sporty car model that will be available at U.S. dealerships in 2018. The special-edition coupe features BMW M division tuning with performance handling and driving dynamics modifications. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine that generates 454 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque.
The racetrack-compatible road car slots between the M4 Coupe with Competition package and the M4 GTS. Serving up road-and-track-level appeal, the new M4 CS will sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, according to BMW’s preliminary results, and will reach a top speed of 174 mph. Already, the M4 CS cleared Germany’s Nürburgring track with a lap time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds, which BMW claims is super-sports car territory—10 seconds slower than the M4 GTS.
The new car’s exterior treatment features a carbon-fiber front splitter, rear lip spoiler and diffuser, and LED headlights with 3-section air intakes in front. The body of the car is rigid and lighter weight for enhanced driving dynamics and features BMW’s adaptive M Suspension with M dynamic stability control and Active M differential among tuning modifications.
The 3.0-liter powertrain in the new M4 CS also gets an extra 10 horsepower compared with the M4 with Competition package and comes with two single-scroll turbochargers, an air-charge cooler, variable valve timing, and VANOS variable camshaft timing. BMW’s 7-speed M double-clutch transmission is standard and the M4 CS rides on light alloy wheels.
Sporty and simple on the inside, the M4 CS includes lightweight leather and Alcantara M sports seats. A carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof, natural-fiber door panels, and pull straps instead of handles further reduces weight. Combined with exterior carbon fiber plastic exterior components, including the hood, the M4 CS weight is trimmed by about 70 lbs. In terms of handling, the driver can adjust steering and suspension settings and select from three driving modes including Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. Navigation and an acoustically modified audio system are also included.
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