Used 2018 BMW M3 CS
Pros & Cons
- Exclusive parts that add power and reduce weight
- Limited production makes this a special model
- Recalibrated suspension and bespoke interior
- Not good for long trips
- Down on creature comforts
- Limited availability
Which M3 CS does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
It's easy to argue that the BMW M3 occupies a central part of the spectrum between everyday sedan and sports car. It's one of the most accessible practical sport sedans that most drivers can buy. You could take it to a track day in the morning and then head to a fancy dinner with a date that same evening.
But what if you want something more aggressive? BMW hopes its latest special edition, dubbed the M3 CS, is what sport-sedan purists are craving.
The M3 CS has a more powerful engine thanks to software recalibration and sport exhaust. It now produces 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which is a 28 hp and 37 lb-ft increase over the standard M3. Midrange power is broader, and BMW retuned the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for quicker shifts and launches. The suspension has also been completely reworked for a much narrower and sportier range of adjustability.
Also on tap are the carbon-fiber exterior panels and CS-exclusive interior. The hood, roof, diffuser, and spoiler are all made of carbon fiber. On the inside, faux suede and contrast stitching are everywhere, while lightweight bucket seats keep the driver and passenger connected to the car. Finally, the climate controls and audio system are lightened versions unique to the CS.
From a performance perspective, the 2018 BMW M3 CS is the top dog and is perfect for BMW fans who frequent the track. But if you're looking for a street-friendly sport sedan, it's probably better to stick with the standard M3.
BMW M3 CS models
The 2018 BMW M3 CS is a limited-edition variant of the regular M3 sedan. It features more power, a stiffer suspension, and unique interior and exterior treatments. The M3 CS is only available in one trim and uses a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 453 hp and 443 pound-feet of torque to drive the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Much like the standard M3, the M3 CS comes equipped with an exclusive exterior fascia and interior trim package. A staggered tire setup — 19-inch front and 20-inch rear — comes with summer performance tires. You also get an adaptive suspension, and an electrically adjustable rear differential sends power evenly to both rear wheels.
But the M3 CS isn't a stripped-out sport sedan. Standard equipment includes a surround-sound audio system, navigation, power-adjustable front seats, Apple CarPlay connectivity, and BMW's ConnectedDrive and Remote Services systems that integrate your smartphone to the car.
Safety-oriented standard features include adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, automatic windshield wipers, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, and a rearview camera.
The M3 CS is light on options. The Executive package includes rear power sunshade and manual side window sunshades, ultrasonic parking sensors, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high-beam activation, a head-up display and speed-limit sign recognition.
The only stand-alone options are for carbon-ceramic brakes and two special-order paint colors: Frozen Dark Blue II and Lime Rock Grey.
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Our experts like the M3 CS models:
- Cornering Brake Control
- Computers balance brake force laterally and between axles to limit overbraking to maintain stability during emergency or dynamic maneuvers.
- Dry Braking Function
- When the vehicle detects a wet condition, it will gently apply the brakes to remove excess moisture from the surface of the brake rotors.
- Park Distance Control
- An array of ultrasonic sensors informs the driver when the car is too close to an object.
BMW M3 CS vs. the competition
BMW M3 CS vs. BMW M3
The M3 CS is the leaner and meaner version of BMW's M3 sport sedan. It has more power, better handling, and trick motorsports parts such as carbon-fiber bodywork and available carbon-ceramic brakes. The traditional M3 aims to be the middle ground between sporty and street, but the M3 CS moves the slider to the track position.
BMW M3 CS vs. BMW M4 CS
The M3 CS and the M4 CS come with the same powertrain, suspension and bodywork updates that make them more specialized versions of their already sporty M3 and M4 parent models. The most significant difference between these two is the number of doors and passenger capacity. While the M3 CS has four doors and can seat five, the M4 CS only has two doors and can seat four.
BMW M3 CS vs. Audi RS 5
Both the RS 5 and the M3 CS are sharpened machines that reduce the compromises necessary for street duty to focus on racetrack performance. Between these two, the M3 CS is certainly the sharper blade. But thanks to standard all-wheel drive, the RS 5 is no slouch on mountain roads or in weather that isn't ideal.
Is the BMW M3 CS a good car?
What's new in the 2018 BMW M3 CS?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2018 BMW M3 CS:
- Carbon-fiber hood, roof and trim pieces
- More power (453 hp and 443 lb-ft) and sportier suspension calibration
- Lightweight interior parts, such as seats and stereo
- Part of the fifth M3 generation introduced for 2015
Is the BMW M3 CS reliable?
Is the 2018 BMW M3 CS a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2018 BMW M3 CS?
The least-expensive 2018 BMW M3 CS is the 2018 BMW M3 CS 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $98,250.
Other versions include:
- 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A) which starts at $98,250
What are the different models of BMW M3 CS?
More about the 2018 BMW M3 CS
Used 2018 BMW M3 CS Overview
The Used 2018 BMW M3 CS is offered in the following submodels: M3 CS Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A).
What do people think of the 2018 BMW M3 CS?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 BMW M3 CS and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 M3 CS.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 BMW M3 CS?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.
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