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Another update for the BMW M3? It’s a whole new version. This is the BMW M3 CS, resplendent in matte blue and signalling the return of a name last used for perhaps the most-rounded E46 M3 of all. Whereas the old CS was a more habitable version of the road-racer M3 CSL, the new one is the hardest-cored M3 you can currently buy new. Its list of changes matches those of the M4 CS we drove last year, as does the size of its price premium. While a regular M3 starts below £60,000, a CS will set you back over £86,000. You can put some of that down to its limited run; of a 1,200-car total, just 100 will come to the UK. What are those changes? There’s a lot of carbon – well, carbon-reinforced plastic – to help cut some weight. The bonnet, roof, front splitter and rear diffuser are all made of the stuff, though its 1,585kg total is a mere 10kg lighter than a stock M3, which is a bit disappointing. Perhaps more importantly, it’s around 150kg slimmer than a Mercedes-AMG C63 S, its chief foe.