BMW Trademarks a Line Of M Models With CS Suffix, M1 And M8 Included

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BMW revealed the CS Concept, an exhibit that you can admire in the photo gallery, back in 2007, during the Shanghai Auto Show.
At the time, the vehicle was described as a preview for a car that was set to become a “Gran Turismo.” It was later canceled, but some of its design features ended up on the F01 7 Series, the F07 5 Series Gran Turismo, F10 5 Series Sedan, and the 2012 BMW 6 Series eventually got a version named “Gran Coupe,” which became the closest production model from a design standpoint to this exhibit.

Since the presentation of the CS Concept, BMW has not used this designation for a production car, but it looks like things are about to change for the automaker. A recent patent filing made with the World Intellectual Property Organization has listed all the combinations from M1 CS to M8 CS, Autoguide reports.

Evidently, the trademark was made by BMW AG, the main company that owns the BMW brand, along with MINI and Rolls-Royce. It is unclear what “CS” stands for in the case of this trademark filing, but BMW used to have a line of models that wore the “CSL” badge.

In the case of CSL, the letters meant “Coupe Sport Leichtbau,” which translates to “Coupe Sport Lightweight.” Some of you might remember the E46 M3 CSL, which came with aerodynamic tweaks, along with less weight and other performance optimizations. Its modern equivalent is the BMW M4 GTS, which has a different designation instead of CSL.

However, CS used to mean something else in the BMW lineup in the past, as the name was used by the car that is known to fans of the brand as the E9. BMW called it the “New Six CS,” and you can now get an idea of what the trademark filing could mean.

To make things clearer, the M1 CS, M8 CS, and everything in between, could materialize in the form of a range of performance-oriented grand tourers. The said line would be started with the upcoming 8 Series, a model that BMW is expected to offer within the following six years.
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