BMW’s G80 M3 CS costs nearly R3 million for local buyers

We last heard of the G80 M3 CS in 2022 when it was confirmed that a handful of units were earmarked for sale in South Africa. Now, we finally have the pricing, not that it matters since all 20 allocated units are already reserved. 

  • The 2023 G80 M3 CS – R2 971 000
G80 M3 CS
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The CS and CSL badges have long represented the pinnacles of BMW’s performance capabilities. In the case of the M3 CS, its main motivator, the S58 engine, received a 30 kW increase in total power output compared to the AWD M3 Comp’s 375 peak power output. The modified S58 in the M3 CS now produces 650 N.m, which is 100 N.m more than the M3 Comp. This power is available later in the rev range, starting from 2 750 r/min instead of the Comp’s 2 650 r/min, and peaks roughly 100 r/min later at 6 250 r/min.

G80 M3 CS
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This increase in power is primarily due to BMW raising the two mono-scroll turbochargers’ boost pressure from 1,7 Bar to 2,1 Bar. The company claims that this adjustment has no negative impact on the engine’s durability and stability. Additional performance-enhancing efforts include a different engine management tune and specially designed engine mounts aimed at improving engine response and increasing the connection between the power plant and the car’s skeleton. The chassis dynamics have also been enhanced by tuning the car’s axle kinematics, wheel camber settings, dampers, auxiliary springs, and anti-roll bars, to name a few.

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To further distinguish itself from the lower-lying M3 Competition, the M3 CS features several elements composed of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), including the bonnet, mirror caps, front splitter, air inlets, kidney grille, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.

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These CFRP components aid in weight saving. The car is built on model-exclusive light alloy wheels finished in gold Bronze and wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, which come as standard for the CS model. Inside, the M3 CS is characterized by M carbon bucket seats with a full-size rear seat bench in a matching two-tone black and red colour scheme. The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and accentuated by a red 12 o’clock marker.

Considering the 20 allocated units for South Africa are already accounted for, its near R3 million pricetag must mean it is worth its salt!

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