BMW strengthens India lineup
BMW INDIA has launched five models in India, at the recently concluded Auto Expo. Starting with the first ever 6-Series Gran Turismo. Priced at Rs 58.9 lakh, ex-showroom, the BMW 6-Series GT will be locally assembled at their plant in Chennai. At launch it’s only available in one variant, the 630i Sport Line. This model will use the same 2-litre turbo petrol engine as in the 5-Series, with 255bhp and 400Nm torque mated to a 8 speed automatic transmission. The diesel version is expected later this year.
Next up, the company announced prices for the X6 xDrive35i M Sport, at Rs 94.1 lakh, ex-showroom. This CBU petrol variant of the X6 is the newest and most affordable addition to the X6 range in India which included a 3-litre diesel and the 4.4-litre X6 M. Under the hood is a 3-litre inline six cylinder engine, producing 302bhp and 400Nm torque. This new variant compares favourably to the more expensive diesel, priced at Rs 1.26 crore.
The updated M3 and M4 were launched at Rs 1.3 crore and 1.33 crore respectively, ex-showroom. Both these CBU models will come with the Competition pack as standard, which add exclusive styling details, wheels, sport seats, retuned suspension and bumps power output from the 3-litre inline six motor to 450bhp from 431bhp, resulting in a 0-100kmph in a mere 4 seconds.
Rounding up the launches, was the hot M version of the 5-Series, the M5, which is priced at Rs 1.43 crore, ex-showroom. The new-gen 5-Series was launched in India a few months back and what the M5 brings to the table is genuine supercar performance in a (relatively) discreet package. Under the hood of the M5 is a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine, outputting 591bhp and 750Nm torque. For the first time ever, the M5 is available with all-wheel drive, though to preserve the purity of the rear-wheel drive experience, BMW has added a driving mode that directs power to the rear wheels only.
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Vikram Pawah, president, BMW India, at the launch of the 6-Series GT in Delhi