BMW plans to produce a special edition M4 CS, with only 1,200 units for the entire world
If you’re looking at a normal BMW M4 and thinking, “Nah, this car’s a little too sedate”, then this new model may fit the bill. Today, TFL’s Roman Mica takes us around the all-new BMW M4 CS, the latest special edition of the coupe after the track-focused M4 GTS. This one’s toned down a bit on the exterior styling, and doesn’t feature quite as much power. However, it is still a boost over the standard M4. It’s also the latest in a line of CS models, after the BMW M3 CS was announced last November.
The M4 CS – that’s “Competition Sport” will feature the same powertrain that lies under the M3 CS. As you’d expect, since the 4 Series was created from the old generation 3 Series coupe. What does that mean? You get a twin-turbo straight-six with 460 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. At the moment, that makes the CS the best-performing M4 you can currently buy. By comparison, the standard M4 makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the Competition Package (an option on the standard M4), and that horsepower figure’s bumped up to 444.
So what makes the M4 CS special? It’s rarity, for one. BMW will only produce 1,200 units, according to Tom Plucinsky, BMW Group’s Head of Product Communications for North America. Of those 1,200, only 550 are coming to North America. Another thing making it special is its price tag. When this car goes into production, BMW expects customers to pay up to $100,000 – approximately $28,000 more than the standard M4 with the Competition Package.
What do we see in the pre-production M4 CS?
Since this particular CS is a pre-production model, we didn’t get a chance to drive it around the track. However, we are able to provide this sneak peek of just what you’ll get in this rare model. For one, there’s Alcantara scattered throughout the cabin, including a “CS” logo embroidered into the dashboard. There are simpler door pull tabs, rather than handles, to save a bit of weight. There’s small carbon fiber spoiler on the rear deck lid (as opposed to the wing on the M4 GTS). You also get carbon ceramic brakes and reworked suspension for blasting around the track. What you don’t get are big, heavy, plush seats or door pockets for storage. After all, this is a machine honed for the circuit.
The 2019 BMW M4 CS will begin production this spring, with sales in the U.S. starting in summer 2018.