The national highway speed limit in the country of the wrench and piston (read Germany, please) is make-and-model-dependent – namely, go like hell, and the devil may care. Hence, the BMW M3 CS feels right at home – PUN intended – on the go-fastest public road.
And it doesn't take long to record its real-life performance: the 543-hp (550 PS) BMW spends precisely 3.21 seconds between a standstill and the 100 kph (62 mph) barrier. That's two-tenths under the official figures (3.4 seconds), and in the car universe, that's more than the entire Middle Ages.
Unfortunately, the Dutch driver probably hit traffic and couldn't stretch the Bimmer to its top-end limit in the same run. When the road cleared again, the car went fully-automatic rapid-fire to 191 mph (307 kph) in seventh gear. The official number is 188 mph (302 kph), and the 2024 BMW M3 CS achieved the above numbers with casual street attire, not on a closed circuit, with a test driver behind the wheel.
The fast and highly exclusive M3 CS (the last March-started production is rumored to be under 2,000 units) relies on the tried and tested three-liter inline-six powerhouse engine to score said performance. The pair of turbos have received a magic spell to get 40 more hp than the "standard" M3 variant - please agree with me that, on exceptional occasions, M3 engines can be called standard. (The same engine also powers the M4 family branch).
The car in the video is shining its Signal Green coat, one of only four color choices for the CS version of the M3 and the only non-metallic one. The other three are Frozen Solid White, Brooklyn Grey, and Sapphire Black.
Although not listed among the models on regular sale on BMW's US webpage, the model is available for purchase at selected dealers, with a base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $124,195.