BMW is launching a touring version after the M3 CS as a sedan. The first prototype has now been shot without concealment at the Nürburgring.
The power station car shows the usual insignia of the CS version, which is already known from the sedan: a rounded bonnet, pronounced aprons with a splitter, aero mirrors, a diffuser and a four-way exhaust system, a spoiler on the edge of the roof and wide rocker panels on the sides.
BMW M3 CS Touring at 3.x to 100 km/h
Under the hood is the S58 engine, a six-cylinder unit, double-charged with a displacement of three liters. The drive gets 550 hp from its combustion chambers and uses 650 Nm of torque on the crankshaft. With an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the driver directs the combined brute force to all four wheels. If you just prefer a pure rear-wheel drive, you can disable the stability control, like in a sedan.
The BMW M3 CS runs from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and thanks to the standard Driver’s Package a top speed of 302 km/h is possible. Driving performance should also look similar to a station wagon. In order to be able to cope with the power effectively, BMW has modified the adaptive chassis – together with the electronic steering and braking system and the compound brake system. Comes with red or black brake calipers. 275/35 tires at the front and 285/30 tires at the back on 19 and 20-inch M forged wheels stick to the road.
The station wagon M3 CS costs 147,000 euros
To be able to carry the CS acronym properly, BMW also relies on lightweight construction for the M3 Touring. The bonnet, front splitter, mirror caps and rear diffuser are made of CFRP. Inside, narrow bucket seats hug passengers. Along with these features, the sedan sheds 20 kg compared to the M3 Competition. It should look similar to a station wagon. Price? BMW calls for 146,000 euros for the CS Limo, the M3 Competition costs from 100,300 euros, the Touring is 101,300 euros. So the price of the BMW M3 Touring CS should be around 147,000 euros.
BMW will probably launch the M3 CS as a Touring estate version later this year. At the Nürburgring, Bavaria they are currently testing a completely undisguised model. The station wagon version is powered by a three-liter in-line six-cylinder with 550 hp and is based on a weight-to-body construction. Otherwise, “truck” uses a sedan. Customers have to pay an extra 1,000 euros for that price. Which is not important for 146,000 euros for a limo.