Last year, BMW brought out the thoroughly wild M4 GTS, a 500-hp track weapon that took the M4 to an all-new extreme. The GTS’s only flaw–other than its $150,00 price tag and the fact that BMW only brought 300 of them to the U.S.–was that it ended up being a little too hardcore for most folks to use as a street car. That’s okay, because the new BMW M4 CS is intended to split the difference between the crazy GTS and your regular M4 Competition Package.
The M4 CS doesn’t get the GTS’s water injection system, so it has to make do with a mere 454 horsepower, but that should be more then plenty. Thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission–sorry, no manual–BMW says the M4 CS accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 174 mph.
BMW says the suspension setup on the M4 CS is largely the same as that of the Competition Package, but the CS’s adaptive dampers are tuned for superior performance on and off track. Those dampers offer three settings–Comfort, Sport, and for the track, Sport+. BMW also gave the CS new wheels, measuring 19 inches in the front, 20 out back, with super-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires standard.
The exterior styling reflects the track-ready nature of the M4 CS. The front and rear splitters, rear spoiler, hood and roof are all made from carbon fiber to help save some weight. Inside, there’s all sorts of Alcantara trim to remind you that the CS is sportier than your run-of-the-mill M4, but it still comes with a radio and navigation standard (both were nixed in the GTS).
All of the upgraded hardware helps the M4 CS run around the Nurburgring in 7:38 seconds, BMW says. That’s 10 seconds off the M4 GTS’s time, although it is a full 14 seconds faster than a base M4 coupe.
BMW told us that the M4 CS will cost €116,900 (roughly $125,000 USD) in Europe, though we’re still waiting to learn official US pricing. That is, of course, quite a bit more expensive than the regular M4, but cheaper than the extremely limited production GTS.
If that price is a little beyond your reach, there’s other good news: BMW has officially confirmed that there will be more CS-branded performance models coming soon, which means it’s highly likely that a hotter M2 CS is on its way.