BMW M GmbH is presenting another exclusive, limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M3 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). With its accentuated sporting presence, the new M3 CS continues the decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. At the same time, the four-door high-performance sedan serves up a perfect blend of dynamism and everyday practicality.

The 3.0-litre high-performance engine exceeds the output of the M3 with Competition Package by 10 horsepower, raising it to 460 hp. State-of-the-art M TwinPower Turbo technology propels the M3 CS from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed of the new special edition, which comes as standard with the M Driver’s Package, is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph).

With its two mono-scroll turbochargers, charge air cooler, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-VANOS fully variable camshaft timing, the six-cylinder in-line engine takes a clear and consistent aim at the higher echelons of performance, but is equally committed to developing significant torque from low engine speeds and achieving high levels of efficiency (fuel consumption combined: 8.3 l/100 km [34.0 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 194 g/km*). Pushing the new red start/stop button fires up the engine, and the distinctive sound produced by the specially tuned sports exhaust system of the new BMW M3 CS – with its quartet of tailpipes – proceeds to lay on a feast for the ears.

The new BMW M3 CS is equipped as standard with the seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic. This cutting-edge transmission has a separate oil cooler and enables both automated gear changes and manual interventions using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. It changes gears in fractions of a second with no interruption in the flow of power, but employs a long seventh gear to keep revs low and minimise fuel consumption over longer motorway journeys.

The suspension of the new BMW M3 CS largely mirrors that of the M3 with Competition Package. The links and wheel carriers at both the front and rear axles are made from forged aluminium and are therefore extremely light. That keeps the unsprung masses low and benefits driving dynamics. The M3 CS is fitted as standard with Adaptive M suspension, whose geometry has been tuned to deliver optimised performance on both the road and track. Ensuring the best possible grip in all driving conditions are the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – which includes M Dynamic Mode – and the Active M Differential.

The control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified to suit the dynamic requirements of the BMW M3 CS, as has the set-up of the electromechanical steering. The driver has the option of adjusting the steering and suspension settings to their personal preferences or the demands of the route at hand. The special edition’s light-alloy wheels (front: 9 J x 19, rear: 10 J x 20) are very much at home on the race track, fitted as they are (as standard) with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (front: 265/35 R 19, rear: 285/30 R 20). These semi-slick cup tyres, which are also road-legal, provide unbeatable grip and supreme lateral stability at high track speeds. The M3 CS can also be ordered with Michelin Sport road tyres.

Moving inside the new BMW M3 CS, the generous use of two-tone full leather in Silverstone/Black and Alcantara creates a compelling and well-resolved ambience brimming with sporting allure and undeniable class. No M3 CS driver will need to compromise on the nicer things in life. Indeed, among the standard features on board are automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon surround sound system and the Navigation system Professional. True to form, the BMW M GmbH designers have given the new M3 CS looks that reflect the car’s sporting intent. The signature feature of its prominent front end, complete with cutting-edge twin LED headlights, is the front apron with large, three-section air intakes.

The Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid has been newly designed specifically for the new M3 CS, and teams up with the front splitter and the rear diffuser to help minimise dynamic lift. These components are made from the lightweight and extremely rigid high-tech material carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the bonnet and roof of the new BMW M3 CS.

Orders for the new BMW M3 CS can be placed from January 2018. The special-edition model – which will be limited to a run of approximately 1,200 units due to production factors – will be built from March 2018.

*Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are provisional, based on the EU test cycle and may vary depending on the tyre format specified.

BMW Group Australia has introduced a new addition to the legendary BMW M3 range: The BMW M3 Pure. The Australian-market BMW M3 Pure provides the dynamic and performance benefits of the successful M3 Competition with a unique specification and highly competitive price point.

Available from $129,900* the BMW M3 Pure is the most accessible way into M3 ownership.

“The BMW M3 Pure builds further on Australia’s successful Pure edition models, most recently seen on the BMW M2 and M5,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner. “This model offers the full capability of our M3 Competition at a price point that is sure to attract a new core of enthusiast customers,” he said.

The BMW M3 Pure joins the existing M3 and M3 Competition Sedans in the Australian lineup from July this year.

BMW M3 pricing*:

BMW M3 Pure Sedan - $129,900
BMW M3 Sedan - $139,900
BMW M3 Competition Sedan - $144,900

Competitive heart

At the heart of the new BMW M3 Pure is the M Competition Package. Familiar to the market since the mid-2016 introduction of the BMW M3 Competition variant, this package sharpens both performance and dynamics over the regular M3.

Increasing power to 331kW (up 14kW) and with 550Nm torque, the M3 Pure sprints to 100km/h in 4.0 seconds with the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Opting for the no-cost option six-speed manual sees the sprint achieved in only 4.2 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is listed at 8.8L/100km, with 204g/km of CO2.

In addition to the improved power output, the M3 Pure benefits from a range of dynamic enhancements. The adaptive M suspension’s three settings – Comfort, Sport, Sport+ have been reconfigured, with the Comfort setting equating to the regular M3’s Sport mode as a baseline.

Springs rates are also increased by 15 per cent for swifter response and flatter cornering posture during spirited driving. The interior gains M Sport seats for the driver and front passenger, which feature cut-out elements for lighter weight. M stripe seat belts add further interior presence.

Outside, sleek gloss black highlights feature prominently, with the boot-lid ‘M3’ badge, M Competition exhaust tail pipes, exterior gills, and kidney grille all finished this way. The M3 Pure rides on 19-inch double-spoke light-alloy wheels finished in black, with tyres measuring 255/35 R19 up-front and 275/35 R19 in the rear. The M3 Competition’s 20-inch light-alloy wheels, fitted with 265/30 R20 / 285/30 R20 mixed tyres, are optionally available.

The M3 Pure’s specification also includes the following: 

  • M Competition Package
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (six-speed manual available as a no-cost option)
  • Alarm system
  • BMW M Head-Up Display
  • Carbon fibre roof (steel roof if sunroof is optioned)
  • Comfort Access
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom (including Concierge Services)
  • Driving Assistant
  • Carbon-fibre interior trims
  • Navigation System Professional
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Carbon structure cloth/leather upholstery
  • LED Headlights
  • Nine-speaker HiFi Loudspeaker System

Model updates for BMW M3 and M3 Competition

Building on momentum generated from the BMW M4 LCI, the BMW M3 and M3 Competition now adopt the new-design Adaptive LED headlights. The familiar twin circular design has been incorporated into a new hexagonal layout that adds further presence to the M3’s front-end appearance. LED indicators form an attractive, thin ‘eyebrow’ slit above the headlights that create a sense of increased width for an aggressive stance.

A new, optional 20-inch light-alloy road wheel introduces a black wheel option for the M3 Competition (optional on M3 Pure and M3) that builds on the distinctive star-spoke style first seen on the legendary BMW M4 GTS.

Refreshed interior lifts ambience

A range of subtle yet effective interior updates further highlights the BMW M3’s all-round usability. Double stitching highlights the leather instrument panel on the M3 and M3 Competition, while electroplated details and chrome interior trims improve look, feel and functionality of the entire BMW M3 range.

Thanks to customer feedback, key touchpoints have been redesigned for added tactility. The indicator stalks, for example, now snap into place when engaged. In addition, the stalk-mounted buttons to activate the rain sensor and high-beam assist now stay depressed, rather than springing back to the original position.

All M3 models now come with an illuminated ‘M3’ badge on the front face of the M sports seats.

A further focus on digitalisation

All BMW M3 variants have been upgraded to the cutting-edge iDrive6 infotainment system. Incorporating the latest BMW Navigation system Professional, iDrive6 offers a clear and customisable 8.8-inch colour display interface with an app-style ‘tile’ layout that can be arranged by touchscreen. The established iDrive rotary controller on the centre console and Natural voice control can also be used to control the infotainment system.

Condition Based Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW M3 range is controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system.

With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due.

Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

The New BMW M3 and M4 Competition variants have arrived in Australia. Taking inspiration from BMW M’s motorsport heritage, the BMW M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Competition Coupe and M4 Competition Convertible offer sharpened performance, with increased power, honed dynamics and sharpened appearance.

Shawn Ticehurst, Head of Product and Market Planning for BMW Group Australia, said the BMW M3 and M4 Competition models provide an even more focused edge to the range.

“With more power, enhanced suspension and bespoke settings for the differential and stability control systems, the Competition variants are aptly named,” he said. “Arriving hot on the heels of the M2, the M3/M4 Competition models prove that BMW M is on a roll in the company’s centenary,” he added.

Australia is the sole market to offer these Competition variants as stand-alone vehicles, creating a halo effect over the BMW and BMW M product ranges.

BMW M3 and M4 Competition pricing:

  • BMW M3 Competition Sedan: $144,615*
  • BMW M4 Competition Coupe: $154,615*
  • BMW M4 Competition Convertible: $165,515*

Increased power, improved performance

The BMW M3 and M4 Competition variants build further on BMW M traditions, remaining at home on the road while offering an even-sharper dynamic for enhanced track performance. Powering the M3 and M4 Competition variants is a tuned version of the M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine. Breathing through an enhanced sports exhaust system, the twin-turbocharged straight-six now produces 331kW (up 14kW) while retaining a muscular 550Nm torque peak.

 The resultant uplift in performance sees the seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models achieve 100km/h from rest in 4.0 seconds, an improvement of 0.1 seconds. Opting for the M4 Competition Convertible mirrors that improvement with a 4.3 second sprint to 100km/h.

For purists, a six-speed manual transmission is available as a no-cost option. Manual-equipped M3 and M4 Competition variants achieve 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds; the M4 Competition Convertible 4.5 seconds. Both are 0.1 seconds faster than non-Competition variants.

Official fuel consumption (with standard M DCT) is 8.8L/100km for the M3 Competition Sedan and M4 Competition Coupe, with the M4 Competition Convertible rated at 9.1L/100km.

Enhanced stability and suspension systems

The M3 and M4 Competition variants’ increased performance is matched to recalibrated steering, suspension and stability settings.

Suspension springs are 15 per cent stiffer than on the M3 and the Adaptive M suspension features recalibrated, firmer damper settings across Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. Anti-roll bars and bushings are also altered to suit.

Forged, machine-polished star-spoke 20-inch M light alloy wheels ape the BMW M4 GTS wheel design and Michelin Pilot Super Sport mixed tyres (265/30 R20 front, 285/30 R20 rear) provide a wider rubber footprint for improved grip and traction.

Both the Active M Differential, which can lock the rear axle between a range of zero and 100 per cent for added control, and the comprehensive stability control suite have been reprogrammed to maximise the effect of the engine and chassis enhancements.

Shadow Line trim adds understated menace

Sourced from BMW Individual, the M3 and M4 Competition variants feature Shadow Line exterior trim to add a sense of understated menace. A black high-gloss finish highlights the classic BMW kidney grille, side gills, window trims and rear model badge. The quad tailpipes of the M sports exhaust system are also in black high-gloss and provide a suitably track-honed acoustic, complete with evocative ‘crackle’ on the overrun.

Inside, the M3 Competition and M4 Competition Coupe adopt exclusive M leather seats that use distinctive cut-out elements to reduce weight. The seats retain electric adjustment for exceptional long-journey comfort while providing plentiful support during high performance driving. Woven BMW M stripes stitched into the seat belts add further allure to the interior.

Standard equipment highlights

The BMW M3 and M4 Competition variants ape the impressive standard equipment levels of the existing BMW M3 and M4 range, including:

  • Comfort Access
  • Head-up display
  • Extended smartphone connectivity
  • Cruise Control with Braking Function
  • Navigation System Professional
  • Surround View
  • Reversing camera
  • Driving Assistant
  • Lane Change Warning System
  • Park Distance Control, front and rear
  • 16-speaker harman/kardon sound system
  • DAB+ digital radio tuner
  • Extended leather trim (including dashboard)
  • BMW ConnectedDrive with Intelligent Emergency Call, TeleServices, ConnectedDrive Services, Remote Services, Real-Time Traffic Information, Concierge Services and Internet
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Adaptive LED Headlights

Optional equipment, as well as paint, upholstery and interior trim selections, also reflects the expansive array available to the existing BMW M3 and M4 range.

Servicing

All maintenance requirements for the BMW M3 and M4 Competition range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system. With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven.

Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due. Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

BMW Group Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for new Competition variants of the BMW M3/M4 family, due in showrooms from mid-May. Taking inspiration from BMW M’s motorsport heritage, the M3 Competition Sedan, M4 Competition Coupe and M4 Competition Convertible offer further-focused performance with increased power, honed dynamics and sharpened appearance.

Pricing commences from $144,900* for the M3 Competition Sedan, $154,900* for the M4 Competition Coupe and $165,900* for the range-topping M4 Competition Convertible. Powering the Competition variants is a tuned version of the M3/M4 M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre petrol engine. The twin-turbocharged straight-six now produces 331kW (up 14kW) while retaining a muscular 550Nm torque peak.

The resultant uplift in performance sees the seven-speed M Double Clutch transmission-equipped M3 and M4 Competition models achieve 100km/h from rest in 4.0 seconds, an improvement of 0.1 seconds. Opting for the M4 Competition Convertible mirrors that improvement with a 4.3 second sprint to 100km/h. For purists, a six-speed manual transmission is available as a no-cost option. Manual-equipped M3 and M4 Competition variants achieve 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds; the M4 Competition Convertible 4.5 seconds. Both are 0.1 seconds faster than non-Competition variants.

M3 and M4 Competition models also gain a host of dynamic enhancements to maximise the additional performance.

In hardware terms, the Competition features new springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. These work with forged, machine-polished star-spoke 20-inch M light alloy wheels and mixed tyres (265/30 R20 front, 285/30 R20 rear) to deliver improved handling characteristics, while a new calibration for the Active M Differential aids drivability and traction.

The standard Adaptive M Suspension boasts new settings in each of the three driving modes (Comfort, Sport and Sport+) to match these revisions and the Dynamic Stability Control system has also been reconfigured.

Visually, the Competition variants stand out with their Shadow Line trim sourced from BMW Individual. A black high-gloss finish highlights the classic BMW kidney grille, side gills, window trims and rear model badge. The quad tailpipes of the M sports exhaust system are also in black high-gloss and provide a suitably track-honed acoustic, complete with evocative ‘crackle’ on the overrun.

Inside, the M3 Competition and M4 Competition Coupe adopt M leather seats that use distinctive cut-out elements to reduce weight. The seats retain electric adjustment for exceptional long-journey comfort while providing plentiful support during high performance driving. Woven BMW M stripes stitched into the seat belts add further allure to the interior.

The BMW M3 and M4 Competition variants ape the impressive standard equipment of the existing BMW M3/M4 range, with highlights including comfort access, head-up display, extended leather trim (including dashboard) and extended smartphone connectivity. Optional equipment, as well as paint, upholstery and interior trim selections, also reflects the expansive array available to the existing BMW M3/M4 range.

Shawn Ticehurst, Head of Product and Market Planning for BMW Group Australia, said the BMW M3 and M4 Competition models will provide an even more focused edge to the range.

“With more power, enhanced suspension and bespoke settings for the differential and stability control systems, the Competition variants are aptly named,” he said. “Arriving hot on the heels of the M2, the M3/M4 Competition models prove that BMW M is on a roll in the company’s centenary,” he added.

All maintenance requirements for the BMW M3 and M4 Competition range are controlled by the Condition Based Servicing (CBS) system. With CBS, sensors and advanced algorithms monitor and calculate the conditions in which a vehicle is used, including mileage, time elapsed since its last service, fuel consumption and how a vehicle is driven. Based on the information captured, maintenance requirements are determined, identifying whether an annual vehicle inspection or oil service is due. Selected BMW service and maintenance costs can be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI), which is available in two packages: Basic or Plus.

BMW Group Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for the new BMW M3 ahead of its Australian launch during the fourth quarter of this year. Starting from $139,900*, the new BMW M3 shares design revisions common to the updated BMW 3 Series range, and also receives a substantial boost in base equipment, with the inclusion of a host of visual refinements and innovative driver assistance systems. Repositioned in-line with its four-door compatriot, the specification and pricing changes will also extend to the BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible, which now start from $149,900* and $161,900* respectively.

With a 4.1 second 0-100km/h sprint time and a power to weight ratio of 4.9 kg/kW (BMW M3) and 4.8 kg/kW (BMW M4) respectively, the BMW M3 and its two-door sibling, the BMW M4 Coupe are among the performance heroes of the BMW M range. Generating 317kW of power and an impressive 550Nm of torque, the six-cylinder, three-litre, BMW M TwinPower Turbo engine delivers responsiveness across a broad rev band from 1,850 rpm to 5,500 rpm, allowing the cars to slingshot from 80-120km/h in just 3.5 seconds. The BMW M4 Convertible retains the spritely character of its hard-top compatriot, taking just 4.4 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standing start with the standard seven-speed M Double-Clutch Transmission.

BMW Group Australia Head of Product and Market Planning, Shawn Ticehurst, said the updated range would heighten the appeal of the BMW M3 and M4 range, merging premium ideals with an immersive driving experience. “More value, more technology and more refinement. That is what we are delivering with this update to the BMW M3 and BMW M4,” Ticehurst said. “The BMW M3 and BMW M4 are expressions of motorsport-inspired technology and innovation, and have attained iconic status. These changes will only broaden that appeal. “The growth of the BMW M range has been a fantastic success story for our brand, particularly in 2015. And over the first seven months of this year, we have already surpassed our total sales result for 2014.”

Among the visual changes to the BMW M3 are the addition of full-LED rear taillights in the brand’s classic L-configuration, Adaptive LED headlights, twin-round LED daytime running lights and a light bar connecting the front headlights to the kidney grille. The interior’s premium appeal is enhanced by the addition of chrome highlights, leather instrument panels, door rails and glove compartment, and ambient surround illumination of the centre stack. Specification is updated across the entire BMW M3 and M4 range, highlighted by the inclusion of fully Adaptive LED Headlights, while the models also receive full leather merino upholstery, including the instrument panel.

BMW Individual Extended Leather Trim in Merino, and BMW Individual Instrument Panel finished in leather are also available as no-cost options. Driving Assistant, including Approach Control Warning, Lane Departure Warning, pedestrian warning and light city braking function, leads the ground breaking BMW technologies now standard, while Head-Up Display, Lane Change Warning and Tyre Pressure Monitor also feature among base equipment offerings. Connectivity is boosted with the addition of ConnectedDrive Freedom, offering users access to ConnectedDrive Services, Remote Services, Real Time Traffic Information and Concierge Services.

Remote Services, providing for the remote locking and unlocking of the car, operation of ventilation control, headlight flash, Google local search with send-to-car function and vehicle finder using a smart phone, are another key feature of ConnectedDrive Freedom. A one-year internet subscription is also included. BMW ConnectedDrive TeleServices automatically transmits any vehicle maintenance requirements to the customer’s preferred authorised BMW servicing dealer. This information is used by the dealership to pre-determine any maintenance or repair work required so the appropriate arrangements can be made.

In addition, BMW service and selected maintenance costs can now be covered by a single, one-off advance payment with BMW Service Inclusive (BSI). BSI offers two packages: BMW Service Inclusive Basic provides scheduled servicing cover, while BMW Service Inclusive Plus combines scheduled servicing and selected maintenance items. Based on individual lifestyle needs, a year range and kilometre option is selected, starting from three years/60,000kms. The BSI plan provides a long-term solution enabling cover to be extended and transferred to future vehicle owners before expiry.

BMW M3 and M4 Australian Pricing and additional standard features*:

M3 Sedan: $139,900
M4 Coupe: $149,900
M4 Convertible: $161,900

  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Head-Up Display
  • Lane Change Warning
  • Driving Assistant
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom
  • Internet
  • Full Leather Merino upholstery, including instrument panel and glove compartment
  • BMW Individual Extended Leather Trim Merino (no-cost option)
  • BMW Individual Instrument Panel Finished in Leather (no-cost option)

* Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.