BMW has released an updated photo gallery of its M4 CS, which was unveiled last month in Shanghai. The automaker has also announced that the order books have opened for it – European customers will have to fork out €116,900 (RM557,500) for the model, which sits between the regulation M4 and M4 GTS.

The variant is powered by the same 3.0 litre twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder unit found on the standard M4, but bumps output to 460 hp at 6,250 rpm and 600 Nm at 4,000-5,380 rpm, 40 hp short of the 500 hp M4 GTS.

A seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic delivers power to the rear wheels, and the car is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and an electronically-limited 280 km/h top speed.

Model-specific design cues for the M4 CS come in the form of a new front splitter made from exposed carbon fibre and an exposed carbon-fibre Gurney spoiler lip on the boot lid, and the car borrows the rear diffuser from the M4 GTS.

The handling components on the M4 CS are carried over from the M4 in its Competition Package guise, including the Adaptive M suspension, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system (includes M Dynamic Mode), Active M Differential and fade-resistant M compound brakes (four-piston callipers at the front and two-piston callipers at the rear).

Inside, the trim strips and door sill provide the variant with dedicated identifiers, and it also gets two new exterior colours that are exclusive to it, these being San Marino Blue Metallic and Lime Rock Grey Metallic. Word has it that production will be limited to 3,000 units, to give the model a certain exclusivity, though that’s a sight more than the 700 examples assigned for the M4 GTS.