BMW expands M4 line with 460-hp CS model


Its the M4 meant for wealthy collectors who want the legendary brand in their priced collection, but for whom the standard vehicle simply isn't exotic enough.

The BMW M4 now comes in four different flavors.

The automobile brand confirmed that the production of this vehicle will continue for two years.

Kewl! How much more power has it received? Electronic chassis systems such as the adaptive suspension program, stability control, power steering, and rear differential have also been tweaked for the M4 CS, with the driver able to control these via a driving modes selector.

At the heart of the new model is the most powerful version yet of M division's twin-turbo 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine. That's right between the 7:52 of a non-Competition Package base M4, and the 7:27.8 of the M4 GTS.

It comes standard with a seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission with a separate oil cooler, which also has a longer seventh gear to reduce fuel consumption on the highway. There will be no manual gearbox option. The carbon bonnet alone is 25 per cent lighter than the standard item, and the carbon fibre roof is 6kg lighter than a metal item. Door handles are also done away with, replaced by small BMW straps. The CS version produces 454 horsepower, or 10 more than the standard M4 with the Competition Package. What's more, it also means that the next generation of M cars, from the M2 to the M6 are set to get the CS treatment, too. Top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph).

Anoraks take note: other ways to spot the new M4 include the yellow-flashed brake callipers grabbing ceramic discs, the exposed carbonfibre front splitter plus Gurney flap mini spoiler and diffuser combo at the rear.

On the flip side, the handling department does get some action with new custom lightweight 19-inch alloys wrapped in super sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

The new CS model will be fitted with a few new features including a 19inch front wheel and 20inch rear wheels. However, BMW's intention with the M4 CS is to create a go-faster model suited for public roads; the M4 GTS has been developed with the race track in mind. Enter the new limited-edition M4 CS, revealed in Shanghai this week. The vehicle comes in two metallic colours: San Marino Blue and Lime Rock Grey.



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