BMW M4 CS: Born to race


BMW M GmbH presents another exclusive special limited edition model: the new BMW M4 CS. With its accentuated sporty character, the vehicle continues the tradition of successful M special editions that began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution.

The new BMW M4 CS will be manufactured at BMW's first plant in Munich and marks the introduction of a new nomenclature for BMW M GmbH models. The competition versions with extraordinary performance are positioned above the standard M models. And the special edition CS is even higher. At the top are the most representative vehicles of the brand with unrivaled performance that exhibit a sporty character, but are homologated for driving on the road.

The BMW M4 CS has a 3.0-liter 460 hp engine. The innovative BMW M TwinPower Turbo technology enables you to go from 0 to 100 km / h in 3,9 seconds. While the top speed - standard with the M Driver package - is electronically limited to 280 km / h.

With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, intercooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and fully variable Double VANOS camshaft control, the six-cylinder in-line engine has the clear objective of reaching the highest levels of performance, although it also aims to develop high torque at low rpm to offer high efficiency with an average fuel consumption of 8,4 l / 100 km and average CO2 emissions of 197 g / km.

The new BMW M4 CS is equipped with the seven-speed M double clutch transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This advanced gearbox features an independent oil cooler that enables both manual and automatic gear shifting using the steering wheel shift paddles. It shifts through fractions of a second without interrupting the flow of power and employs a long-ratio seventh gear to keep revs low and minimize fuel consumption on long highway trips.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely resembles that used in the BMW M4 with the racing package. The wheel and arm mounts on both the front and rear axle are made of forged aluminum and are therefore very light. This makes it possible to keep unsprung masses low and improves driving dynamics. The BMW M4 CS comes standard with an adaptive M suspension with geometry tailored to provide maximum performance both on the road and on the track.

The new car has also been fine-tuned on the most demanding test track for high-performance sports cars: the old Nürburgring. A lap time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds places the CS in the supercar category.

To ensure the best possible grip in any situation, the vehicle features DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), which includes the M Dynamic mode and the active M differential. The adaptive M suspension control systems, the DSC and the active M differential have been modified to suit the dynamic needs of the BMW M4 CS, as has the electric power steering.

The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings according to personal preferences or the demands of the route. To this end, you can select one of the three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport +) at the push of a button. While Comfort mode is designed to accommodate uneven road surfaces, urban driving and short trips, Sport mode is the ideal choice for drivers with sporting aspirations who want a little more fun on the road. And the Sport + mode of the BMW M4 CS is perfect for track lovers who always want to improve their times. This mode adjusts all the necessary systems to provide the maximum dynamism possible, but if the driver becomes excessively excited, the DSC will intervene instantly. However, controlled drift is allowed in M ​​Dynamic (MDM) mode.

The light-alloy wheels are also track-oriented (front: 9J x 19 inches; rear: 10J x 20 inches). They have been designed exclusively for the BMW M4 CS and are accompanied by a series of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R 19; rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick tires, also homologated for use on the road, ensure unbeatable grip and unbeatable lateral stability at high speed on the circuit, as well as optimal traction when exiting tight corners.

The interior of the new BMW M4 CS stands out for its sporty atmosphere. The lightweight M seats with leather and Alcantara are just the starting point. The air of dynamism extends through the door panel trim made from compact natural fibers that includes grips. Both the bonnet, with its characteristic air outlet towards the rear, and the roof are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a high-tech, lightweight and extremely rigid material.

The driver of the BMW M4 CS will not have to do without the most pleasant things in life. In fact, standard features include climate control, a version of the BMW Professional HiFi system adapted to the acoustic characteristics of the BMW M4 CS and the Professional navigation system.

True to its aesthetics, the designers at BMW M GmbH have endowed the new BMW M4 CS with an appearance that reflects the sporty character of the car. The distinctive feature of its prominent front end, complete with state-of-the-art dual LED headlights, is the front apron with large three-section air intakes. These serve to feed the generous supply of cooling air to the high-performance engine and M carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and gold anodized finish for the front and four-piston calipers for the rear.

The new front diffuser designed specifically for this model is made of visible carbon fiber exclusively for the special edition BMW M4 CS. To improve aerodynamic efficiency, this splitter is combined with the rear diffuser of the BMW M4 GTS and with the also new Gurney carbon fiber spoiler seen from the boot lid that minimizes lift.

BMW M GmbH opens up new horizons with the innovative rear lights with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology created exclusively for the BMW M4 CS and BMW M4 GTS. In addition, the front splitter, rear diffuser and Gurney spoiler, together with the elongated CFRP hood, coupe-style roof line, elegant M sport exterior mirrors and muscular wheel arches, allow the new BMW M4 CS to show off its an extremely dynamic figure, even stopped.

 

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