Premium German automaker BMW is reportedly working on its latest high-performance road car to rival the Cadillac ATS-V: the BMW M3 CS, where “CS” stands for “Coupe Sport”.
Like the BMW M4 CS unveiled last April, the M3 CS will slot above the 3-series’ standard M-badged car when it drops sometime next year. It will be “the most powerful M3 of all time,” according to Bimmer Today, with the same 460 peak horsepower as the M4 CS, courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 3.0L inline-6. All that power in the CS-badged M4 equates to a 3.9-second sprint to 100 kmph (62 mph).
Compare that to the Cadillac ATS-V, which can reportedly hit 60 mph in around 3.7 seconds when equipped with the available 8-speed automatic.
BMW’s new M3 CS will also reportedly ship with a lighter curb weight than the standard M3’s 3,540 pounds, thanks in part to a serving of carbon fiber. The ATS-V, meanwhile, tips the scales at a hefty 3,812 pounds in sedan form.
With the BMW M3 CS, the premium German brand threatens to deal yet another blow to Cadillac’s excellent ATS-V sedan – a car already outgunned by Italy’s Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. The silver lining: BMW wants €116,900 (over $130k US) for the M4 CS in Germany, and the newer M3 CS likely won’t be far behind. The ATS-V costs less than half that.