IAB Report – BMW India to launch M3, M4 and refreshed M5 in 3 months
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BMW India will launch three M performance cars in India this calendar year.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, president of BMW India, told Indian Autos Blog at the launch of the ActiveHybrid 7 that the company intends on introducing the new M3, M4 and M5 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) later this year. “In the next 2-3 months, the new M3 Sedan, the M4 coupe and the new M5 sedan will come”, he said.
The new M3 and M4 are powered by a newly-developed 3.0-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo engine capable of producing 431 bhp between 5,500 – 7,300 rpm, and 550 Nm of torque between 1,850 – 5,500 rpm. The engine uses either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to send power to the rear wheels.
The refreshed M5 gets similar styling updates seen on the updated 5 Series range. It continues to use the 4.4-liter V8 engine as before, though an optional Competition Pack adds 15 bhp to it. The performance sedan receives a sports exhaust system, lower ride height and M ceramic brakes which shave off 0.1 second in its 0-100 km/h time.
BMW M3 and M4 Competitors: Mercedes C63 AMG, Audi RS 5
BMW M3 and M4 Expected Price: INR 1 crore, ex-Showroom
BMW M5 Competitors: Mercedes E 63 AMG, Jaguar XF-R, Audi S6
BMW M5 Expected Price: INR 1.2 – 1.4 crores, ex-Showroom