BMW recently introduced its latest model – the M3 CS – a more powerful version of its high-performance sedan with 460 hp. The limited-run model, of which only 1,200 examples will be offered, is not only lighter than the standard car thanks to a bevy carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts, but also gets a few chassis revisions.

On paper, it will sprint from a rest to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, and will continue to an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h. With these tantalising numbers, you’d expect the M3 CS to be a fast car, and you’d be right.

Around the famous Nürburgring track, the newest BMW M model managed to clock in an impressive 7 minutes 38 seconds, which is only a second slower than the M4 GTS, and six seconds behind the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Of course, the Alfa was fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa Assymetrico tyres at the time, while the M3 CS used its factory-fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Still, it is an impressive feat for the BMW M sedan, as it is quicker around the track than the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and previous-generation Ford GT.