BMW M3 CS – PistonHeads

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Nick Hall takes one of finest exports and finds little it lacks

This is a house between BMW’s BMW M3, soon to be replaced by the new shape fire-breathing 3 Series, and the formidable M3 The strictly limited CSL was launched in and instantly became a legend, the fight to Porsche’s 911 and Ferrari’s 360 at almost Ј60,000, it was an awful lot of for a 3 Series BMW. It also with just one transmission the SMG semi-automatic.

Undoubtedly it was the fastest way to gear at the time and BMW is at the vanguard of But while perfect, clutchless are available at the blink of an eye, through technology isn’t for

Taking the clutch and manual box sterilises the experience and robs the of the satisfaction achieved from a downchange on the way into a corner, the merest hint of opposite to catch the slide.

Cars the M3 are all about those times the family is at home, a familiar opens out in front of you and invites you to It’s an aggressive machine and the SMG totally at odds with the of the lightweight, full-blooded CSL.

It sense

So this, the last that will come the E46 line-up makes an awful lot of At Ј43,555 it’s expensive, but in touch with the real and it’s different enough the standard M3 to be well worth the – sharing many of its more predecessor’s features without on its exclusivity.

The CS is something of a CSL-lite, not quite as not quite as loud. Crucially, it has a proper gearbox and that for a more basic kind of

The Ј2,400 option package the price of a standard M3 buys 19-inch wheels, bigger brakes, a faster steering and a more advanced traction system. As the standard M3 is often as the best coupe on the planet, BMW gilding the lily with minor changes, but it has pulled it

The extra cost is a mere but order the Interlagos Blue, anything but black. As the CS has no distinguishing a black CS would look a bad, home-brewed CSL copy and just not the thing to do to an M3.

Inside there’s an Alcantara-clad wheel, which adds to the vibe, but isn’t the most thing on a long trek and in fact spawn a new generation in stringback driving gloves. the seats are far more comfortable the CSL’s borderline racing and the M3’s overall ride belief for a car with such purpose.

The best compromise?

The M3 is the compromise between performance and outside of the more expensive 911 range. It’s still and the wheel needs a strong to keep the car online at cruising but 300 mile-stints in this car will away when you consider the you’ll be doing.

And when car hits one of those back without a Gatso in sight and off-camber bends, you won’t the extra effort in the car park, as the M3 CS comes alive.

The quicker and more sensitive rack makes has a major side, though: racecar-sharp It’s as if the front wheels are to human hands by nerves, than a medley of components.


is negligible and BMW’s famous front/rear weight balance that the 1,570Kg M3 CS will through bends with sports car poise. With the off it will slide, but it’s threatening and you’d have to provoke it to throw this car a hedge.

The M3 and the 911 are two of the only cars you can into and feel at one with, a car a crystal clear limit and feedback through the wheel. a reason why the M3 legend is revered the automotive world and it’s a experience everyone should try at once.

Heavy hips

It’s not the machine in the world, thanks to loaded up with creature and none of the weight-saving measures of the but a well balanced car can handle a few kilos on its hips without that all important poise.

The six cylinder that powers the M3 CS has won the Oscars for five consecutive which isn’t surprising you feel how the 343bhp and 269lb ft of are delivered.

It accelerates to 60mph in and will hit the electronically limited top speed without trauma. acceleration is ballistic and four a car four seats, it’s to believe the response from the Six pumping menacingly under the

Pushed hard it also a metallic scream that stay with you right the 8000rpm redline, and potentially Outside of the exotic supercar and the V10 M cars, this is one of the finest engines in the world.

Finest car

The new M3, when it arrives in 2007, boast a 400bhp V8 engine and far tricks than this Until then and perhaps after, this will the finest driver’s car in the BMW range. In things simple, the Roundel just have found a we can all appreciate.

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