Yesterday, we saw some spy pictures of the upcoming BMW M3 CS doing some hot lap in Nürburgring. In those photos, we saw that the M3 CS would borrow some design elements from the top-flight M4 CSL but also had some of its own interests. In this new spy photo, we get to see the hardst-core M3 more closely, even if they don’t reveal much more than the previous ones. (We do not own the spy photos but you can see them here)
On the front, the BMW M3 CS uses many of the same designs as the M4 CSL. Kidney grill inserts are the same, with all those negative spots (probably for extra cooling), and the bottom front air intake / aerodynamics seems to be the same. For those who are concerned, the M3 CS may look like a standard M3 with new badges, but these photos prove that it will look much more annoying.
On the back, it doesn’t seem to have changed much, only a very fine trunk lip spoiler sets it apart from the standard M3. Although, that’s not a bad thing at all – the M3 has a nice butt. Its wheels are different but, being an experimental mule, there is no way to know if it will be the production wheel of M3 CS.
The biggest interest, as in yesterday’s photo, is the camouflage of the back window. Automakers don’t usually disguise the rear window but BMW did with this M3 test mule. Could BMW be hiding with that cam? I think there are only two real possibilities; A more realistic and a less so. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly is that the BMW hides the rear seat so that the M3 CS’s cooler rear bucket seats aren’t visible, just as you’d find in the more powerful M5 CS. It is unlikely that BMW used any kind of lightweight, Perspex-style rear glass, but it is doubtful. It would be cool, though.
There will be no CSL version of the BMW M3, only the M4 gets a top-dog, track-ready model. So BMW M3 CS will be the hottest version of four door M3. When it debuted, it was rumored to have around 540 horsepower, only one automatic transmission and only xDrive all-wheel drive. This would make sense, since the M5 CS has a similar formula and the CS models are designed to run a fine line between extreme performance and everyday usability. CSL models are meant to be more driver-centric and track-ready, which is why the M4 CSL will only be rear-wheel drive.
When the BMW M3CS finally hits the road, it has immense potential. The M5 CS is one of the best M cars in history and the Standard M3 is already a better base car than the Standard M5. So if the BMW M can work the same magic as the M3 CS on the M5 CS, it should be a powerful driver machine.
[Source: Car Buzz]