BMW has added a new range-topper to its go-fast compact sedan range.
The Bavarian auto maker has followed up the two-door M4 CS with a more traditional sports sedan model in the form of the new M3 CS.
Mimicking the M4 CS in all but body shape the M3 CS scores the uprated version of the brand's twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder that makes 338kW and 600Nm, a jump of 7kW and 50Nm over the standard M3.
The M3 CS is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Top speed is electronically limited to 280km/h with its 0-100km/h time rated at 3.9 seconds.
With greater power comes a great price with the M3 CS starting at $179,900 before on-road costs, which represents a hefty premium over the $146,900 M3 Competition and $129,900 base M3 Pure. However, the sedan CS is $10,000 cheaper than its coupe sibling.
The extra coin not only gets you increased outputs but gives you an upgraded chassis with retuned suspension, dampers and steering controls for a sharper response.
BMW has also included a range of carbon fibre and carbon fibre reinforced plastic elements including the bonnet with powerdome, front splitter, rear diffuser and boot lip with the aim of reducing the M3's weight and increasing the aerodynamic performance.
10-spoke 19-inch front and 20-inch rear light-alloy wheels are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with a no-cost option for Super Sport tyres.
Other standard features include a quad exhaust system, active M differential, leather upholstery and interior trim, head-up display, 12-speaker stereo, 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation, cruise control and front and rear park assist.
Due to land in Australian showrooms in June, 2018, the M3 CS is limited to just 1200 units globally.
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