The New BMW M4 CS
Added: 27 September 2017
BMW M4 CS Facts and Figures
The new BMW M4 CS, which stands for ‘Club Sport’, is an exclusive limited special edition M4 model which is designed to fill the gap in the line-up between the M4 Coupe with its competition package and the track focused M4 GTS. Enjoying an accentuated sporting presence the new M4 CS continues the tradition of M special editions which first began back in 1988 and will be built at the original BMW plant in Munich. The M4 CS sees BMW introducing a new classification for its M categories. Positioned above the standard M models will be the performance-boosted competition versions, then come the Club Sport special-edition models, and then top of the line-up are the performance maximising GTS range which display a clear motor sport DNA, while remaining fully road legal.
BMW M4 CS Power Unit
The 3.0-litre high-performance engine raises the output of the M4 with the Competition Package by 10 hp; to 460 hp. BMW’s M TwinPower Turbo technology allows the M4 CS to dip below the four-second benchmark for the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, stopping the clock at a breath taking 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the M4 CS, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and measured aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds while achieving high levels of efficiency: Claimed fuel consumption figures for combined is 8.4 l/100 km [33.6 mpg imp].
BMW M4 CS Transmission
The new BMW M4 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.
BMW M4 CS Suspension
The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS is largely based on that of the M4 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the centre of gravity low and benefits driving dynamics. The M4 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. To achieve this, the suspension setup was honed on the most demanding test track of them all for high-performance sports cars; the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife. The impressive lap time of 7 min, 38 sec for the 14.2 mile circuit puts the performance of the BMW CS firmly in super car territory!
BMW M4 CS Handling
Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions is the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system, which includes M Dynamic Mode and the Active M Differential. The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M4 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. To this end, they can select one of three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport+) at the touch of a button. While Comfort mode is particularly well suited to poor road conditions, city driving and short journeys, Sport will be the mode of choice for keen drivers looking to push on over twisty country roads. And for those heading to the track with their BMW M4 CS, Sport+ mode will pave the way for the fastest lap times. Sport+ fettles all the relevant systems to deliver the best possible dynamics. Should the driver get a little too excited, DSC will intervene in an instant. However, in M Dynamic Mode (MDM) it will also allow controlled drifts.
Wheels and Tyres
Also very much at home on the race track are the light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) designed exclusively for the M4 CS and fitted as standard with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds, as well as optimum traction out of hairpins. The M4 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres at no extra cost.
The interior of the new BMW M4 CS sets out squarely to create a sporting ambience. Lightweight M sports seats trimmed in leather/Alcantara get the ball rolling and the dynamic flavour extends all the way to the door panel trim made from compacted natural fibres and featuring pull loops. The bonnet – with its characteristic air outlet rearwards of the powerdome – and roof are made from the lightweight, extremely rigid and high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The generous use of leather and Alcantara allows the M4 CS to create a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting intent and undeniable class. No M4 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board is automatic climate control, a version of the BMW Hi-Fi system Professional adapted to the signature acoustic demands of the M4 CS and the Navigation system Professional.
True to form, the BMW M designers have given the new M4 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large three-section air intakes. These serve up an ample supply of cooling air to both the high-performance engine and the fade-resistant M compound brakes with four-piston callipers at the front and two-piston callipers at the rear. The new model-specific front splitter was made from exposed carbon fibre exclusively for the M4 CS special edition. In the interests of aerodynamic efficiency, it teams up with the rear diffuser carried over for the BMW M4 GTS and the likewise newly designed, exposed carbon-fibre Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid to minimise dynamic lift. Innovative rear lights with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology was introduced by BMW M exclusively for the M4 CS and M4 GTS, while the front splitter, Gurney and rear diffuser, together with the long CFRP bonnet, flowing, coupe-like roofline, elegantly sporty M exterior mirrors and muscular wheel arches allow the new BMW M4 CS to cut an extremely dynamic figure, even when it’s standing still!
The BMW M4 CS will be priced at EUR 116,900, approximately £100,000 in the UK. To find out more about the BMW M4 range simply contact us at Bavarian BMW.