The BMW M3 will soon get a new variant that’s a lighter, more powerful, and a little wilder — if that’s possible — in the styling department.

    Spied on and around the Nurburgring in Germany, the new M3 CS looks to be close to launch as only the front end sports a significant amount of disguise.

    If the previous generation M3 CS is anything to go by, weight will be reduced through the use of lightweight carbon-fibre parts, thinner glass, and decontenting.

    There should also be a more powerful version of the M3/M4’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six engine.

    The current M3’s 3.0-litre engine makes 353kW and 550Nm in base trim for a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds, while the Competition model boasts 375kW and 650Nm for a 0-100km/h dash of just 3.9 seconds.

    For the base model the engine is hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission and the rear wheels, while the Competition has an eight-speed automatic in either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations.

    Perhaps the M3 CS will use the same drivetrain as the M4 CSL, which has a 405kW/650Nm version of the engine paired with an eight-speed auto driving the rear wheels only.

    The CSL tips the scales at 100kg less than other coupe variants thanks to a pared back interior, reduced sound deadening, and lower equipment levels, with air-conditioning, audio and cruise control all junked.

    In addition to this, the CSL has carbon-fibre panels, wheels, centre console, and bucket seats with minimal adjustment. The rear seats have also been jettisoned in favour of a helmet storage area.

    To complement the improved performance characteristics, the CS will feature a modified aerodynamics setup.

    The disguised front bumper on this prototype seems to be lifted straight from the M4 CSL. The nostril-like twin-kidney grille has exposed air intake elements, and there’s a large splitter jutting forwards.

    Whenever the M3 CS debuts, expect availability to be limited to 1000 or so units worldwide.

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    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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