BMW strength­ens In­dia lineup

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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

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