The Ultimate Ultimate Driving Machine

If you’re looking for the ultimate in performance car saloons there has always been one benchmark that all other manufacturer’s aim at. A name as synonymous with driving pleasure and performance that it has remained the yardstick since the first model arrived in 1986. The car in question? The BMW M3.

The idea has always been fairly simple; introducing race engineering and track honed driving dynamics to an everyday family saloon car. A simple recipe but one that BMW have managed to pull off better than anyone for over 30 years. The power, aerodynamic modifications, technology and bodywork alterations may have become further and further removed from a ‘standard’ 3 series, but the practicality and everyday usability has always remained the staple of this performance icon.

The future of the M3, for driving purists at least, is looking more uncertain than ever. The rumour mill is awash with reports of electric assistance and the likelihood of four wheel drive, not very traditional ‘M3 like’ at all. The current generation therefore, may be the last of the ‘proper’ M3’s and the limited edition Club Sport, the pinnacle of the M Division’s creations.

Just 1200 M3 CS models will be built as a final swansong for the current generation. It’s a chance for BMW to show off the extent of their motorsport heritage and engineering, and to push the capabilities of the current M3 to the maximum. From the outset the headline details show they’re taking things very seriously too.

For starters there’s the price tag, at almost £90,000 new, the M3 CS is assured rarity, but the amount of work that has gone into the car goes some way to justify that price rise. With black accents to the bodywork, the car already looks mean and aggressive. There’s a deeper front splitter, lashings of carbon fibre and a broad sunken vent in the bonnet in front of the famous power dome, a bonnet which is now made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic and 25% lighter than a standard M3 bonnet. The 19” front 20” rear lightweight wheels appear to completely fill the bulging arches and are wrapped in semi-slick tyres for extra grip.

It may produce just 10bhp more than the M3 Competition and be only 10kg lighter, but the 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six produces 454bhp and means the M3 CS can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and keep on going to 173mph. Rather than major changes on paper, the M3 CS relies on old school knowhow that makes a real difference to the handling and feel of the car. The lower centre of gravity, lightweight wheels for less unsprung weight, active M differential in the rear axle and more negative camber to the setup means that the Club Sport is according to Autocar ‘the most rewarding product for drivers that the M Division currently offers’. Not a bad way to go out with a bang on the last ‘proper’ M3 that BMW may produce.

Our limited edition 2018 ‘68’ BMW M3 CS 3.0 DCT is finished in very rear BMW Individual Finish Lime Rock Grey paint and features BMW Individual Opal White and Black Merino extended leather interior. As well as the optional BMW Individual Paint and Interior specification, it also comes with optional features such as a Head up display, Reversing camera, Online entertainment, Sun protection glass, Speed limit display and more. This exceptional car has covered just 4,900 miles and comes with a BMW manufacturer warranty until September 2021.

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