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BMW announces new M4 CS for 2018

BMW M4 CS
BMW M4 CS
BMW M4 CS
  • BMW M4 CS
  • BMW M4 CS
  • BMW M4 CS

If the M4 with the Competition package isn’t enough for you, but you found the hard-core GTS a touch too much, the M division’s offering the new M4 CS, introduced at the Shanghai auto show.

Compared with a Competition package M4, the CS has 10 more horsepower under its carbon-fiber hood, pushing the total to 454. BMW says this punts the CS to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, which matches our test of a 2016 Competition-pack-equipped car. Top speed is 174 mph, and BMW estimates that consumption on the Euro cycle will stand at 28 mpg. That’s with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As was the case with the GTS, there won’t be a manual.

Underneath, the suspension is largely unchanged from the Competition package. Behind the wheels, the CS features aluminum-hatted iron rotors with four-piston front calipers and two-pot rear units. To manage airflow, the CS gets its very own unique front splitter crafted from carbon fiber, while it wears the rear diffuser from the GTS. On the decklid, this latest M4 sports a tidy Gurney-beflapped spoiler reminiscent of the unit found on the Corvette Z06.

Inside, the lightweight M sport seats get leather/microsuede upholstery. The CS also gets its badder brother’s plant-based composite inner door panels. Naturally, the dash features an embossed CS emblem, so your passengers know exactly which M4 you splashed out for.

If the water-injected GTS felt like overkill, the CS is your M!