So BMW turned up at the Shanghai Auto Show, a pretty significant event given the size of the Chinese market, with only a new limited edition M4. It’s not even a good one. The 2018 BMW M4 CS is a gap filler trying to win over those customers for whom the M4 GTS is too hot but the M4 Competition Package doesn’t quite cut it.
So BMW M4 CS slots neatly between the two with a 460 horsepower engine, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, and electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph) thanks to the standard M Driver’s Package. The only available transmission is the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic, and the suspension system is lifted directly from the Competition Package. All of that, of course, means the M4 CS is a pretty capable sports coupe with a Nurburgring lap time record of 7 min. 38 sec.
Appearance-wise, BMW M4 CS looks like a subtly kitted-out M4 what with the carbon fiber front splitter, Gurney and rear diffuser, together with the long CFRP bonnet. The car also comes with OLED taillights, and exclusive light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20). As for the features and equipment, the highlights include M sports seats trimmed in leather/Alcantara, automatic climate control, a version of the BMW HiFi system Professional adapted to the signature acoustic demands of the M4 CS and the Navigation system Professional.