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30th of April 2017

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Shanghai surprise: BMW M4 CS wedges itself between M4 Comp and GTS

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The gorgeous BMW M4 CS adorned the Shanghai auto show this week in a shade of deep metallic blue; the new CS will slot between the M4 Competition and the hardcore M4 GTS.

Under the hood, the trademark inline 3.0-liter turbocharged six makes 460 hp -- 14 more than the M4 Comp -- along with 442 lb-ft of torque sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels. There’s no manual option, which is only semi-surprising. If you want the fastest lap, you have to go DCT, and that’s what this CS (coupe sport) is about. The sprint to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds, and top speed is 174 mph. BMW claims a Nurburgring time of 7 minutes, 38 seconds, which puts it on par with the bonkers Lexus LFA, a high compliment.

The chassis is mostly the same as the M4 Comp version with an aluminum double-joint, spring-strut suspension in front and a five-link in the rear. BMW says that front setup has ball joints and elastomeric bearings with zero play laterally and longitudinally, “resulting in an extremely responsive chassis and excellent driving dynamics.” After driving the M4 Competition last year, we have no reason not to believe them.

BMW’s Active M Differential, Adaptive M Suspension and M Dynamic Mode are all included. Like the rest of the family, the M4 CS will have different drive modes: comfort, sport and sport-plus. That last mode gets rid of most electronic nannies, but the traction control will still intervene if you get too far out of whack. It will allow you to drift a little bit, though, says BMW.

The interior is purposefully sporty with lightweight seats, leather and Alcantara trim, pull loops for door handles (love that) and carbon-fiber accents. Premium audio and navigation are included, so we wouldn’t quite consider this a stripper track car.

The sheetmetal is set off with twin LED headlights, a large three-section intake and a new splitter up front. The rear features a carbon-fiber diffuser and Gurney lip spoiler, also in carbon.

We will see the CS here some time in 2018. Euro pricing was announced: 116,900, which converts to about $125,000, but that won’t be the exact pricing. The M4 Comp is about $90K -- we’re thinking this will probably be just north of $100K.

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