The New BMW M4 CS Is Light, Fast, And Very Expensive

The new BMW M4 CS is less, and as we know, less is more. As such, the lighter, faster coupe will start at $124,675 MSRP.

It’s an eye-watering figure, but the coupe promises similarly eye-watering performance. Headlining figures are as follows: a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 188 mph. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six is what’s getting the M4 CS there, making 543 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. Should the driver want, everything can be sent rearward for a more classic BMW feel.

CS in BMW-speak means less weight, and there are other changes besides. BMW has made liberal use of CFRP (carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic). The CS’ hood, roof, splitter, intakes, spoiler, and even the mirror caps are made from the stuff. Of course, there’s also a load of carbon fiber found inside the cabin, including the seats. Combined with a titanium muffler, BMW has pulled an additional 45 pounds off the car compared to the M4 Comp. Other changes include chassis reinforcement courtesy of a strut brace, upgraded brake with available carbon-ceramic rotors, and forged wheels (19 inches up front, 20 in back). These wheels get a very sticky tire by default, but BMW will also grant owners a track-ready tire if they dare.

CS-specific changes inside include “M4 CS” script on the door sill with accompanying embossing and graphics throughout. The wheel is now trimmed in Alcantara. Software changes to iDrive for the CS are comprised of the now-standard M Drive Professional. This includes M Drift Analyzer and the M Laptimer, as well as M Traction Control, which features 10 levels of adjustment on top of the usual Road, Track, and Sport drive modes.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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