The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the current king of the luxury performance sedan segment. It’s the most powerful, the quickest around a racetrack and in our opinion the best looking of the lot, but BMW has released a special-edition GT CS version of its M4 to help narrow the margin to the almighty Giulia Quadrifoglio.
The M4 GT CS bridges the gap between the extra hardcore, $150,000 M4 GTS and the standard M4 with some additional power and exclusive content. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six gets an extra 35 horsepower over the standard car (and 16 horsepower more than the GTS) for a total of 460, which drops the 0-60 mph time from 4.0 seconds to 3.9. The removal of BMW’s electronic speed limiter also raises the top speed from 155 mph to 174. Sorry hardcore enthusiasts – BMW is only offering its seven-speed automatic transmission with this performance package.
The suspension setup offered with the stiffer M4 Competition Package is essentially what’s being peddled on the GT CS. That means it gets stiffer roll bars and springs and adaptive dampers with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. BMW has also thrown in model exclusive CS wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, however more road appropriate Michelin Pilot Sport units can be ordered at no extra cost.
Moving inside, cabin occupants will be greeted with lightweight M Sport seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara, lightweight compacted fiber door panels with M Performance pull loops and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel with a 12 0’clock marking. The exterior is set apart from standard M4s with a carbon-fiber front splitter and rear lip spoiler, the rear diffuser from the M4 GTS and OLED rear tail lamps (also present on the M4 GTS).
BMW says these changes have resulted in a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 38 seconds, which is astonishingly quick for a compact luxury car, but still way off the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds. The M4 GTS is faster than the Giulia Quadrifoglio with a time of 7 minutes and 27 seconds, but give the Alfa the same type of track-day treatment and send it around the Green Hell. We get the feeing it will be faster.
Pricing for the BMW M4 GT CS will start at 116,900 euro. By comparison, the Giulia Quadrifoglio starts at 79,000 euro.