5 thoughts about the 2024 BMW M3 CS

5 thoughts about the 2024 BMW M3 CS

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The 2024 BMW M3 CS is the sharpest edge of the 3 Series lineup. It offers huge power, head-turning design, a track-ready driving demeanor and seats that will, uh, get your attention. In a week where I also drove the 2024 Maserati MC20, the M3 CS starred in its own right as a performance sedan with attitude. Here are five thoughts on the 2024 BMW M3 C3.

1. It surprised me

It really did. I was ready to write off the M3 CS as overpriced, over-styled and in general, overwrought. It’s not. It is over-the-top, yet it’s also a sophisticated evolution of the most recent M3 sedans, which have grown ever more technical and powerful.

The fact that I felt some dissonance — the M3 is a bit much, but it’s also worth it — made me think more and stoked greater passion than if it was simply as good as I expected. It's destined for the track, but it can be a daily driver.

2. It’s a decent value. Ish


This M3 CS stickered for $132,695. It’s almost exactly the cost of three Toyota Supras. You could get a 2004 six-speed manual M3 convertible for $28,000 and have more than $100 grand left over for more toys or a downpayment on a new house.

I drove a Maserati MC20 the same week I was in the M3. The Maser starts at $212,000, and with all of the options it hits nearly $300,000 out the door. In the context of dropping more than a quarter of a million dollars on a supercar, the MC20 felt like a screaming deal compared to some Lambos and Porsches.