BMW M is expected to release a number of new vehicles this year, following a hectic 2022 in which the company marked its 50th anniversary with a number of product debuts. The M3 CS, an upgraded version of the saloon’s Competition trim level with xDrive, will be one of the first to make its debut. Like the current model, it will be all-wheel drive and feature an automated transmission, but it will have 543 horsepower.
The production-ready M3 CS prototype has been observed undergoing final testing before its upcoming public unveiling. We can now get a decent look at the front fascia, which appears to have been substantially copied from the M4 CSL, thanks to the licence plate being relocated to the bottom of the windscreen. Its kidney grille and forceful bumper are carbon copies of the ones found on the Competition Sport Lightweight. The thick spoiler lip that continues onto the bumper’s sides deserves the same praise.
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Towards the back, we can expect a new carbon fibre spoiler for the trunk lid. However, these alterations won’t be particularly noteworthy. Since the M3 CS’s weight drop won’t be as extreme as the M4 CSL’s, the back seats will remain intact inside. Word on the street is that it won’t have the M5 CS’s enveloping rear seats. Although it defies logic, Jaguar a few years ago released the hard-core XE SV Project 8 performance sedan with rear doors but no rear seats.
The M3 Sedan has already been updated to the iDrive 8 for the 2023 model year, so BMW will almost probably equip the CS with the latest and greatest infotainment system. It’s quite doubtful that the M3 CS will be as limited in production as the M4 CSL, which is limited to just 1,000 vehicles worldwide. CEO Frank Van Meel has hinted that an M4 CS may be added to the roster in the future.
Meanwhile, we should expect to see BMW’s M3 CS debut within the next few weeks.