Even though it has existed since 2014, it looks like BMW is not going to replace the current M3 only yet. Not that long ago the producer disclosed the 2018 BMW M3, a small refresh that is likely going to be the last one for the car. Even though the changes are kept to a minimum, the car is still as striking as ever before.
The M3 is still the standard for the four-door sports sedan and it seems like things won’t change in the not too distant future either. The biggest upgrade together with the 2018 model has to be the release of the CS, the very first four-door CS M3 ever made. While the updates aren’t all that large, the car is quite impressive to check at, but more on that later.
2018 BMW M3 Overview
The new M3 stays based on the identical old architecture as before. This is to be expected, especially since the new 3 Series is at least a year off. Until then, the M3 will need to do with the current architecture which is not that bad. Actually, despite being relatively old, the M3 still drives better than many of its rivals which is somewhat unusual. But it looks like BMW was aware of how great the platform is and that seems to be one of the reasons why they did not change all that much about it.
The result is a car that will outrun most sports car at this price point with no many issues. Unlike a regular 3 Series, the M3 features lesser and more capable running equipment, better brakes, a slightly different exterior and another engine.
The result is a car which can outrun most sports car at this price point without that many issues. The 2018 BMW M3 adds the CS trim level which is the lightweight version of the car. Through a great deal of trickery, BMW was able to shed 110 pounds out of its total weight. They did this with carbon fiber panels, some changes to its suspension setup as well as lighter materials within the cottage.
Interior and Redesign
BMW chose to offer the car in a new color of gray with dark grey wheels inspired by DTM. The CS is not that different from the normal model. It has the usual hood bulge and it is as wide as before. However, this time approximately BMW chose to offer the car in a new color of gray with dark gray wheels inspired by DTM. This creates a competitive contrast which goes well with the way the M3 looks.
As expected, the 2018 BMW M3 CS does not offer such another cabin from the regular models. We can still see quite a bit of leather, Alcantara plus a great infotainment system. The chairs are the same as those found in the regular model with the sole difference being the upholstery. The car now gets a black and grey contrasting upholstery that elevates the way it seems. We’d have hoped for slightly better seats but being a sedan, it is understandable why BMW didn’t make a move. Competition: Audi S4, Porsche 718 Cayman, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac ATS-V
2018 BMW M3 Engine
The car will reach 60 MPH in 3.8 to 3.9 seconds while using a limited top speed of 155 MPH. The engine, on the other hand, stays the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six as before. Though the layout is unusual, the engine is one of the most capable 3.0-liter engines available on the market. At the base M3, it makes a rather impressive 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. These will drive the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.
This one supplies 453 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque that is quite a little boost over the typical models. This allows it to hit 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds while using a limited top speed of 174 MPH. On top of that added performance, the car is also able to supply far better cornering speeds thanks to its lower weight, wider tires and new suspension tweak. Sadly, the CS is only accessible using the 7-speed automatic gearbox.
Price and Release Date
For the new BMW M3 with all its improvements and refreshments, you’ll have to pay approximately $64.000 for the base model.