The brand-new CMV C Series - A small sedan with big improvements.
The 7C generation C Series sedan debuted with major improvements to the drivetrain. However, the styling was… lacking. We wanted to make up for that mistake with a brand-new look and improved drivetrain to make the 8C generation C Series the best yet. Each engine is up on power and most were previously seen in the all-new 5M generation M Series.
Visual changes for all models include a new front fascia, rear fascia, retractable door handles, a small front lip, a new vent on the hood, revised exhaust exits, and the signature side CMV logo only see on higher-end models previously.
Mechanic changes include power bumps on all models, electric LSDs on all models, and a 7-speed DCT replacing an 8-speed single-clutch auto.
One look at the C15 will tell you nearly all there is to know about almost all 8C models, which is good news, because it is a looker. You can expect a power bump of 22 HP, (total 255) torque bump of 4, (total 184) and greatly-improved throttle reponse from the revised 1.5L turbocharged I3 engine, making 6.3 0-60 times possible in both manual and DCT-equipped models. Also helping this figure is the ~3200 lb. curb weight of both models, meaning it’s 215f/225r tires (wrapping stylish 19 in. rims) get the job done well in the corners and 4/1 piston vented disc brakes bite down hard everywhere else. Hell, it’s even capable of 162 MPH! All while going 43 miles on a single gallon of gas.
It’s a similar story from the C25 models, though a much faster one here. The 2.5L I5 powerplant is up 16 HP (total 335) and equal on torque (total 253) from the 2014 variant, allowing for a peppy 0-60 in 5.1 for the manual and 4.9 in DCT examples. It’s 225f/245r tires (wrapping 20 in. rims) and 3420/3450 lb. curb weight (man./DCT) allow for precise handling and the same powerful brakes as the C15 allow the sport sedan to get to a stop from it’s 178 MPH top speed without a hint of fade. And, despite it’s sports-car specs, doesn’t get sports car fuel economy, getting 45/44 miles (man.DCT) before consuming a gallon of fuel!
CMV is known for it’s fantastic I6 engines. However, we may have outdone ourselves this time with this absolutely amazing engine. This 3.0L mill receives a 30 HP power bump (total 431) and a 9 torque reduction,(total 356) that extra torque being a small sacrifice for a much smoother and usable torque curve. All manual models are RWD and gets to 60 MPH in a quick 4.6 seconds, while the AWD-only DCT model hits 60 in a sports car worthy 4.3 seconds. Both models come equipped with 245f/265r tires, which allows the ~3600 lb. RWD model to have surprisingly good handling and the hefty ~3800 lb. DCT-equipped cars to have superb control in both on-road and off-road conditions. Manual/RWD cars will get 41 MPG and DCT/AWD cars will manage an ever more impressive 39 MPG.
C15S (Manual Only)
Now, before we move on to the big guns, we should first mention the youth-oriented “S” model, which has sports car performance and sedan practicality for a very reasonable price. It has ITB’s and other enhancments which allow for a 53 HP bump (total 308) over the base C15, and a 40 torque bump (220) over the base C15. It rides on stiffened suspension and 225f/245r sport tires and, in combination with enhanced downforce and reduced weight, can pull 1.15 g’s in a 30m circle test. That 3130 lb. weight also allows for 0-60 in 5.3 seconds, a full second faster than the base C15 and even putting up tough competition for the I5 models. Yet this budget performance model even allows for 35 MPG and an extremely reasonably $27000 price.
Just to clarify:
C36R: Manual RWD
C36Rx: DCT AWD
The “R” moniker means something to CMV. It’s not just our performance wing; it’s a legacy, it’s a passion… for batshit crazy cars. And that well describes the new C36R/Rx models. Both feature updated versions of our 3.6 V8 performance engines, making a whopping 92 MORE HORSEPOWER (total 636) than the outgoing 7C and 82 more torque (total 478) than the 7C generation. That’s 27 more lb-ft of torque than the old RS models! (We’ll get to the new ones soon ) The RWD manual models get 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and ride on 20 in. magnesium rims wrapped in 265f/305r sport tires. The “x” AWD DCT models hit 60 in an incredible 3.2 seconds with the same wheels/tires. Thanks to the wide tires, high downforce, and active springs, both models overcome their hefty weight (3800 lb. RWD 4040 lb. AWD) and turn extremely well. The funny part is, this isn’t even their final form.
Before we talk about this car… well, look at it! With tons of not-so discreet carbon fiber details and race car looks, you’d hardly believe it’ll do 19 MPG!
So if “R” cars represent batshit crazy speed, what does the “RS” badge mean? God, there’s no way to describe it, maybe you just need to take a drive. Take a 740 HP (up 76) 550 torque (up 99) drive going through 335 semi-slick tires and 305’s trying their best to calm the fuss out back. Take a drive on extremely harsh sport suspension and 20 in. carbon fiber rims. Reach 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds (or 3.6 with the DCT) and 180 MPH and get back to a stop with 6 piston carbon ceramic brakes. Feel 1.42 g forces with 1100 lbs. of downforce pushing down the 3600 lb. body along with 3 passengers. Huh, I guess I can describe it. But if you still want to drive it, all it takes is $62000 and a fearless soul.