BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE IS THE BMW M4 CS

Enthusiasts of the BMW M4 range will be glad to know that BMW has announced the release of the BMW M4 CS which will be slotted in-between the hard riding Competition Pack and the track ready GTS.

Unveiled by BMW earlier this week at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the BMW M4 CS at first glance bear very similar resemblance to the BMW M4 Competition Pack with the only noticeable difference being the black 19’ rims, San Marino Blue Metallic and the front splitter in exposed carbon fibre. BMW say that the CS is the perfect alternative to the Competition Pack and GTS models as it provides a great compromise between comfort and power – making it a vehicle that is appropriate for everyday use.bmw-m4-cs-is-here-to-2_1600x0w.jpg

The CS retains the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine but gets an increase of 10 horsepower, making it 460hp which is available at 6,260 rpm, the CS also gets an extra 10 percentage increase in Newton metres at 600 when compared to the Competition Packs 550Nm which is available at rev range between 4,000 to 5,380 rpm. The engine features two single-scroll turbochargers, a charge air cooler, and both variable valve timing and double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.

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This takes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.9 seconds (0.1 seconds slower than the GTS and 0.1 seconds faster than the Competition Pack), with an electronically limited speed of 280 km/h. The engine power of the CS is managed through a seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission which comes standard.

The Adaptive M Suspension, DSC and Active M differential have each been modified to suit the CS with the driving modes of Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ allowing for better handling, ride and comfort better suited for the road or track – underlying its credentials as an everyday sports car.

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Inside the CS comes equipped with lightweight M seats covered in leather and Alcantara (68% polyester and 32% polyurethane) which ensure great comfort along with increased durability, stain resistance, and a sportier look. The weight of the CS has been further reduced thanks to the usage of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) on the bonnet and roof.

External CS defining exterior looks also include twin LED headlights (borrowed from the M4 GTS), exposed carbon fibre (exclusively for the M4 CS) splitter, front & rear and rear diffuser. The CS also receives new 763M wheels measuring 19 inches at the front and 20 inches at the rear wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tyres keep the M4 CS in check. Stopping power comes courtesy of fade fade-resistant M compound brakes with four-piston callipers at the front & two-piston callipers at the rear.

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Great news for South Africa is that the BMW M4 CS will be coming to our shores although it is not known exactly how many units will be coming into SA in the third quarter of this year (2017). BMW South Africa have not confirmed this yet, it is also not known how many will be produced worldwide although some car websites claim 3,000 units will be manufactured over the period of two years.

The pricing of the CS in South Africa has also not been revealed yet by BMW South Africa, judging by the price in Europe which is estimated at 116 900 Euro we predict that is may fall between the R 1.7 and R 1.9 Million price bracket. This makes it a competitive alternative when looking at other vehicles within its class but also within its price range, especially when you consider that it is a limited edition.

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