It couldn’t quite beat the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV. Last week, BMW lifted the wraps off the long-awaited BMW M3 CS. The new hardcore version of the M3 sedan debuted with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that delivers 453-horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds and a limited top speed of 174 mph. A new video posted by BMW M gives us a closer look at the performance sedan while allowing us to hear its 453-hp engine roar. Manufacturers love to show off a car’s performance credentials by posting blistering lap times at the Nurburgring.
While BMW hasn’t officially announced how fast the M3 CS is around the German race track in any press releases, the video description has quietly revealed the performance sedan’s lap time. “The all-new BMW M3 CS is the most powerful standard production vehicle of all time in the M3 model series,” the description reads.
“Best time of 7 minutes, 38 seconds on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring and everyday utility of a four-door sports saloon: The culmination of a sporting icon.” That would make the BMW M3 CS the second fastest sedan to lap the Nurburgring, falling six seconds behind the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio which set a time of seven minutes and 32 seconds. It’s also one second slower than its M4 CS sibling, which conquered the ‘Ring in seven minutes and 37 seconds. Both the M3 CS and M4 CS have virtually identical specifications, and BMW even says that both cars weigh the same, so you would expect them to post the same time.
The time posted by the M3 CS also matches the Porsche Panamera Turbo. While the lap is still impressive, we’re waiting to see if the new M5 can beat it and set a new sedan record since it’s the fastest M car BMW has ever built. Something tells us the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio may not be the fastest sedan at the Nurburgring for much longer.