The list of cool things native to Spain, topped by Jamón ibérico, La Liga and Ibiza, grows a little longer with the introduction of BMW’s newest addition to their M4 lineup, the M4 Competition Sport Edition. Limited to a run of just 60 units, Spain is the only market that will receive the middle-child of the M4 model range, sandwiched between the standard M4 and track-focused M4 GTS.
In essence, the BMW M4 Competition Sport appears to be a slightly less frenetic version of the BMW M4 GTS — a diet M4 GTS if you will — perfect for deep-pocketed customers who crave a little more flamboyance, just a few ticks more of performance, and occasionally require the use of their rear seats.
A modest increase of 25-hp via tuning of the M4’s 3.0-liter S55 twin-turbo inline-six means the M4 CS now makes a total of 450-hp, with torque remaining unchanged from the standard M4 at 405lb-ft. In comparison to the M4 GTS, which with the help of water injection makes 500-hp, the increased output may seem insignificant, but note the GTS has a much narrower powerband than the CS, needing to be revved all the way up to 4,000rpm before max torque is available. The CS still produces peak torque at 1,850rpm, a figure which can be translated to read: “usable power.”
And though the extra horsepower does command some recognition, it’s the exterior touches to the M4 CS that make it worthy of a limited edition moniker. At the corners, the CS gets the same M star-spoke “666” style wheels as the M4 GTS, which are polished and forged — without the Acid Orange finish unique to the GTS. Behind the M light-alloy wheels BMW has equipped carbon-ceramic brakes, which are claimed to reduce unsprung mass by 14lbs.
As we slowly make our way up the M4 CS, we find a generous use of carbon fiber, employed for the front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. These M Performance accessories are matched with the mirror housings and fixed rear spoiler, both finished in CFRP, the later weighing just 3.5lbs.
The M4 CS will only be available in three color combinations, using custom colors and trims from BMW’s Individual line. These include a Brilliant White exterior with a Cohiba fine-grain leather interior, San Marino Blue on San Marino Blue, and Jerez Black with BMW Individual Goldbraun seats and instrument panel.
Orders are currently being accepted for the BMW M4 Competition Sport Edition at a price of 132,900 euros (~$151,838 US). US customers who feel left out can choose to option their standard M4s with the $5,500 competition package, which comes with the same retuned 450-hp engine and the same 20” star-spoke M light-alloys as the M4 CS. The package also includes staggered tires, different seats (coupe only) and an M sports exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes accented by high-gloss Shadow Line black exterior trim bits.
You won’t be in the limited edition club, but you can opt for a manual transmission if you choose to go this route, unlike with the M4 CS which only gets the dual-clutch automatic.