The F80 BMW M3 CS represents the final and most hardcore version of the M3 that was spawned on the bones of the F30 3 Series. With the new G20 due later this year as a successor – the F30 was launched in 2011! – and the G80 M3 to follow suit, it’s time we give it a proper sendoff.

Just like its coupé brethren, the M4 CS, the M3 CS is powered by a 3.0 litre straight-six petrol engine that produces 460 hp at 6,250 rpm and a whopping 600 Nm of torque at 4,000 to 5,380 rpm. Compared to the regular M3 with Competition Package, this is a 10 hp/50 Nm increase.

Supplementing the power bump is a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic and a dedicated oil cooler. With drive sent to the rear wheels, the super sedan sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and its top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h. The M3 CS is fitted with M Driver’s Package as standard.

Complementing the upgrades are items such as Adaptive M suspension, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system (with 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), a lightweight double-joint spring strut axle at the front and a five-link axle at the rear.

Several exterior panels such as the roof and bonnet are made from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, which help shave 10 kg off the standard M3. Five exterior body colours are available – Alpine White, San Marino Blue Metallic, Lime Rock Grey Metallic, Frozen Dark Blue II Metallic and Black Sapphire Metallic.

BMW started taking orders for the M3 CS in January this year, and production of the special-edition model is only limited to 1,200 units. Fancy yourself one of this?