The BMW M4 CS Is a Glorified M4 for Suckers with Fat Wallets
Buy a Porsche 911 insteadby Pops, on
While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.
So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the "L" for "lightweight" to the "CS" badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.
How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?
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Because Suckers with Fat Wallets
Oh, wait, a lot of people are actually willing to pay the premium because it’s a limited-edition, it has the CS heritage and blah blah blah... Well, this is why BMW will never make an M4 that’s as cool as the original M3 Coupe. Because suckers with fat wallets have no problem throwing money at glorified M4s.
And it’s that much disappointing when you realize how many actual sports cars you can buy for around $100,000. The Porsche 911 Carrera starts from $91,100 and for $105,100 you can get the Carrera S, which is only two tenths slower. The Alfa Romeo 4C is only $55,900. Granted, you can’t fit five people in there, but it weights less than 2,500 pounds and it’s freakin’ awesome. Or you can spend a little over $100,000 for the 550-horsepower version of the Jaguar F-Type. It’s supercharged, it has a V-8 engine, and if you can’t handle a bit of drama, it has an all-wheel-drive system as standard. And my favorite of them all, $100,000 buys you any Caterham Seven in production right now.
Oh, not to mention that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will most likely cost less than $100,000. It’s probably a lot heavier than the M4 CS, but with a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 2.3 seconds and a quarter-mile run in under 10 seconds, I’m more than happy to ignore the curb weight figure on the spec sheet.
Damn it, I can’t do it. The Demon tips the scales at nearly 4,300 pounds. Heavy stuff, but ridiculously awesome.
P.S.: The M4 CS still sucks; deal with it!
Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M4 CS here.