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KYALAMI, Gauteng – There was a time when, if you wanted a BMW M3, you had but one choice. It had all the toys, the largest wheels in the range and max power ... and that was that. Of late, it seems that BMW has been taking notes from certain other German performance brands by creating several versions of its range-topping performance models.

A new addition

Yes, you can have an M4, an M4 with Competition Package, an M4 DTM and, at the very top of the tree, an M4 GTS (though the latter two limited-edition models have been sold out).

And as of now you can also have an M4 CS. This is the latest addition to the M4 family and it fits in somewhere in the middle of the pecking order. It isn’t as “laid back” as the M4 and M4 CP, but not quite as hardcore as the top two track specials, either.

So what’s new?

To earn its own badge and increased price (more on that later) the M4 CS has a number of revisions and upgrades. The most notable of these is a bump in power of 7 kW over the Competition Pack model.

Peak power from the turbocharged 3,0-litre inline-six is rated at 338 kW, coupled with peak torque of 600 N.m, which BMW claims endows the M4 CS with a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3,9 seconds. The only transmission option is the BMW’s M-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Local M4 buyers will all enjoy the M Driver’s Package, which lifts the top speed to 280 km/h.

Aesthetically speaking

Visual cues to warn other motorist include thin-spoke, light-alloy wheels shod with semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, a model-specific front splitter and a Gurney lip on the boot lid (the latter two fashioned from carbon-fibre). And, if you look closely, you’ll also notice a rear diffuser. Unlike the DTM and GTS, this car has four usable seats.

Trimmed down door cards as well as a carbon-fibre roof and bonnet help trim some 30 kg off the mass of an equivalent M4 Competition Pack car.

What’s it like to drive?

Our time in the CS was limited to a handful of kilometres, though all of them were around Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. I have to be honest that I could not feel the extra power while blasting down the circuit's long straights; whichever way you slice it, 330+ kW is going to feel quick.

Under braking and under power the CS feels a tad nervous. The rear wiggles under braking into the slower corners at the famous track. Then, when you try to feed in the power it provokes the rear end and induces oversteer. My thoughts were echoed by some experienced counterparts on the launch event ... and then highlighted even further when we all had the chance to drive various other M4 models on offer.

The DTM model was, as expected, track-focused with a nailed-down front axle, but less inclined to slide its rear end under power than the CS. Interestingly, the cars with the Competition Package were the most composed. Perhaps tyre pressures on the only CS model in attendance were incorrect, though I can’t see a tech-savvy company such as BMW making such an oversight.

Summary

Just 60 BMW M4 CS will be available locally, priced at R1 838 500 each, which makes each example more than R400 000 more expensive than the model fitted with the Competition Package. If exclusivity is a really large factor in your decision-making process, then you may be able to justify such a premium.

If it were my own money, and based on initial impressions, I would forego the extra expense and stick with the M4 Competition Package.

2018 BMW M4 CS

R1,479,900
Ref No: 1662680

Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Leather bolster spartial leather: Standard
  • Leather upholstery: partial suede-cloth + leather
  • Seats quantity: 4
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Lumbar support adjustment: front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: Optional
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Optional
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: LED
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: adaptive LED
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: dynamic flashing brake lights + hazards
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Sports suspension: Standard
  • Electronically adjustable suspension: Standard
  • Driving mode switch eg sport comfort: Standard
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Head up display: Optional
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: std incl brake function
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • Voice control: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • TV television: Optional
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: Standard
  • Central locking: remote
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: keyless start
  • Electric windows: front (rear fixed)
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Standard
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: Standard
  • Sun roof: opt (not with std carbon-fibre roof)
  • Electric seat adjustment: front
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: driver
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Highbeam assist: Standard
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Park distance control PDC: front + rear + rear camera
  • Camera for park distance control: rear
  • Rear spoiler: carbon-fibre fixed
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: petrol
  • Fuel range average: 714 km
  • Driven wheels: rear
  • Driven wheels quantity: 2
  • Gearratios quantity: 7
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automated dual-clutch
  • Transmission name: M-DCT (M Double Clutch Transmission)
  • Gear shift paddles: Standard
  • Limited slipdiff: electronic
  • Front tyres: 265/35 R19
  • Reartyres: 285/30 R20
  • Length: 4672 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1870-2014 mm
  • Height: 1392 mm
  • Wheel base: 2812 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 121 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 12.2 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 445 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 445 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1580 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 460
  • Gross weight (GVM): 2040 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 0
  • Towing capacity - braked: 0
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 60l
  • Fuel consumption urban: 11.1 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption extra urban: 6.7 l/100km
  • Fuel consumption average: 8.4 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 197g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 6
  • Power maximum: 338 kW
  • Power maximum total: 338 kW
  • Power peak revs: 6250 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 214 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 600 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 4000-5380 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 600 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 380 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 3.9s
  • Maximum top speed: 280 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 2979 cc
  • Engine size: 3.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 3.0T
  • Engine + detail: 3.0 turbo
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i6
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 24
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Variable valvelift: Standard
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 2
  • Warranty distance (km): unlimited km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): service interval indicator / 20000 km
  • Service interval (time): 1.5
  • Brand: BMW
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 05049740
  • MMVariant: M4 CS COUPE M-DCT
  • MMintrodat: 2017-07-05
  • Limited edition: ltd ed
  • Introdate: 2017-10-01
  • DuoportarecordID: BMWM4_1fc4

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