With only 500 units to be made globally, the 2024 BMW M3 CS is going to be a very rare sports sedan indeed. If you want one, you’d be happy to know you can order one for yourself in the Philippines. However, that exclusivity also comes with a matching high price tag, which is P16,890,000.
So, what exactly do you get for ponying up more than P7 million on top of the M3 Competition’s P9,690,000 price tag? Well, the “CS” in M3 Cs stands for Competition and Sport. To achieve that added aggression, the 2024 BMW M3 CS sets itself apart from the standard M3 with its black hood decals, red grille surrounds, carbon fiber body kit with aerodynamic canards at the front chin, and a set of staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels at the front and rear, respectively. The aforementioned wheels are from the M4 CSL, and they can be painted in either black or gold. There’s also a subtle carbon fiber rear spoiler and black titanium quad exhaust tips, a painted carbon fiber hood, and carbon fiber door mirror caps to further lessen the weight.
Inside, the 2024 BMW M3 CS provides seating for five, and those at the front are treated to the same carbon fiber power-adjustable bucket seats as the M4 CSL (though with the logo now illuminated), along with an Alcantara steering wheel with carbon fiber trims. More carbon fiber can be found throughout the interior, while infotainment duties are performed through the iDrive 8 curved displays.
The 2024 BMW M3 CS uses the same upgraded S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six as the standard M4 CSL, which means it produces 543 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic and hooked up to an M xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) system that lets you switch to RWD by pressing a set of buttons, the M3 CS can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 3.4 seconds. It also has a top speed that’s increased to 303 kph.
Though the M3 CS doesn’t benefit from the full diet program of the M4 CSL, it still manages to shed a modest 34 kg over the standard M3. What the M3 CS gets are the full handling upgrades that the M4 CSL benefits from, such as a new cast aluminum strut brace, revised tuning for the adaptive dampers, and more aggressive tuning to the anti-roll bars and steering calibration.
If all of these upgrades are worth the P7 million upcharge over the M3 Competition, then be sure to head to your nearest BMW dealer because only a few amount of units will be brought in to the Philippines.