Latest BMW M3 CS delivers motorsport-inspired luxury

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Opening the front doors of BMW’s latest performance vehicle, the 2023 M3 CS, reveals M Carbon bucket seats fitted as standard equipment, designed specifically for the M3 CS. Both front seats are electronically adjustable, heated and benefit from integral head restraints.

The German OEM has used carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the structural elements of the seat cushion and backrest, while cut outs in the side bolsters and below the head restraints showcase the components lightweight construction.

Upholstered in Merino leather, the seats feature a black and red color scheme with contrasting stitching, a design element which extends to the rear seats. All of the CS’s door panels are upholstered in black leather. Other standard interior features include M seatbelts with a woven BMW M stripe pattern, M3 CS door sill plates, carbon-fiber trim pieces and an M Alcantara steering wheel complete with CFRP shift paddles.

To meet the personal preferences of the driver, the BMW M3 CS features the M-specific control/operation system. The system includes a Setup button on the center console to enable engine, chassis, steering, braking system and M xDrive settings to be adjusted. Two personally configured setups can be stored, with additional settings available to adjust the M3 CS’s engine note, DSC system, the shift characteristics of the 8-speed M Steptronic transmission and the automatic start and stop functions. These saved setups can be accessed via the M button on the vehicle’s steering wheel.

As part of the M Drive Professional package, the M Mode button on the center console can be used to adjust the level of driver assistance system activity and the content shown in the information display and optional head-up display, with drivers being able to choose from Road, Sport and Track. Fitted as standard in the M Drive Professional system is also the M Drift Analyzer and M Lap timer functions. M Traction Control also features with 10 differing stages.

The M3 CS benefits from the latest generation of BMW iDrive, based on the OEM’s Operating System 8. Furthermore, BMW’s Curved Display features a 12.3in information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9in, both housed together behind a curved glass surface. The layout delivers M-specific readouts and driving-related content, and M Shift Lights appear at the top of the information display, with M xDrive and traction control modes along the bottom edge.

A Harman Kardon Surround Sound System and the BMW head-up display – with M-specific readouts – and the BMW Drive Recorder also come as standard for 2023.

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After spending six years working as a mechanic for various motorsport and high-end performance car companies, Callum joined UKi Media & Events in February 2020 as an assistant editor. In this role he uses his vast practical knowledge and passion for automotive to produce informative news pieces for multiple vehicle-related sectors.

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