The BMW M division celebrated record global sales for 2022 by delivering 177,257 vehicles, an increase of 8.4 percent from last year. To keep the good times rolling, the department has new models for 2023. The first is the M3 CS which debuted last weekend in January at the Rolex 24 in Daytona. The event also became the debut of the BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh racing car competition.
Alleged specifications of the M3 CS leaked in December 2022. The info suggests that the sedan shares power with the M4 CSL meaning there’s a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six producing 543 horsepower (404 kilowatts) and 479 pound-feet (649 Newtons). -meter) torque under the hood.
Where the M4 CSL was rear-wheel drive, the M3 CS allegedly comes with all-wheel drive. The transmission is said to be an automatic gearbox.
Based on the spy shots (above), the M3 CS gets a more aggressive front fascia with a larger opening. A small spoiler attached to the trunk lid. The rear includes a box-shaped diffuser and four circular exhaust pipes.
Production of the M3 CS will reportedly begin in March 2023. BMW will allegedly only build the model until February 2024, so it won’t be long before customers get their hands on it.
Beyond the hotter M3, BMW will introduce a refreshed BMW X5 M and X6 M this spring. It will also launch the i7 M70 electric sedan in 2023.
“The best-selling BMW M car of 2022 is the all-electric BMW i4 M50,” said Timo Resch, Head of Customers, Brands and Sales at BMW M GmbH. “For us, this is a clear signal that a unique M feeling has arrived in the world of electric vehicles.”
Overall, BMW delivered 2,100,692 vehicles worldwide in 2022, down 5.1 percent from the previous year. The automaker moved 372,956 hybrid and electric models, which is 35.6 percent more than in 2021.