Last month, Frank Van Meel, the head of BMW M, told us that the company would now use the CS, and CSL designations for its top performance models. The first new M car to bring back this historic designation, the M4 CS, debuted this Spring, and BMW will reportedly launch an M3 CS too. Courtesy of , here's our first look at that very car testing on the Nüruburgring.
We reported earlier this year that the M3 CS's specs should mimic those of the M4 CS. That means it'll get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six making 454 hp, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, various lightweight components, and no manual transmission option. Apparently, it'll run the Nürburgring in under 7:40 too, and it certainly looks fast in this clip.
This model is said to debut next Spring, and it'll probably be the final sendoff for the current M3, since the 3-series its based on is due to be replaced soon.
BMW nerds might be a bit confused by the possibility of an M3 wearing the "CS" badge, so we should address that. Originally, CS stood for "Coupe Sport," and was applied to the gorgeous E9-generation 2800 CS and 3.0 CS. (CSL stands for "Coupe Sport Light," if you're curious.) So, applying a CS or CSL badge to a sedan wouldn't be totally accurate, but Van Meel told us he's open to the idea, original nomenclature be damned.
But do names matter when we're talking about a 454-hp Bavarian sports sedan? Probably not. We haven't driven the M4 CS yet, but it's getting rave reviews from European journalists, so there's little reason to expect anything less than greatness from the M3 CS.