BMW M3 CS hits Nürburgring with CSL-style face

With all the news about the upcoming BMW M4 CSL, it can be easy to forget about the upcoming BMW M3 CS. Although the M3 CS will not be as hardcore as the M4 CSL, it is going to be tougher than the M3 competition. More importantly, it could be a better driver car than the already great M3 competition. Some new spy photos show the M3 CS in Nবারrburging and the hype train leaving the station. (We do not own the photos but they can be viewed here)

On the front, the BMW M3 CS looks a lot like the M4 CSL, with the same new grille inserts, the same front air intakes, and the same lower front splitter. The entire front end is wrapped in camouflage but it’s clear that the M3 CS lacks the same hood as the deep scoop, so it won’t. That’s right Same but it will be similar.

Outside, the M3 CS lacks the M4 CSL’s docktail spoiler, but it does have a bit of a lip spoiler to make it a bit extra sporty. However, with the exception of this, the standard M3 has rarely changed.

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Interestingly, the rear windows of the CS are covered in camouflage, which is unusual. This may be due to the rear seats, which may be bucket-style seats like the M5 CS, and the BMW wants to keep it hidden from eagle-eyed spectators. It can also get a slightly lighter, perspective-style rear glass. However, the former is more likely than the latter.

Underneath the hood, the M3 CS will get the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged I6 as the M3 Competition but the Competition can be up to 540 horsepower instead of 503 horsepower. However, the M4 CSL produces about 550 horsepower, so I’m not sure if BMW will allow them to have similar power statistics. According to our formula, the M3 CS will only get an eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive.

With the incredible success of M2 CS and M5 CS, it’s only natural for fans to expect the same kind of magic from M3 CS. The BMW M5 CS is my favorite BMW of the modern age, so I personally hope the M3 CS could be a smaller, lighter, sharper version. If so, we have another future classic.

[Source: Autocar]

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