IAB Report - BMW India to launch M3, M4 and refreshed M5 in 3 months

24/07/2014 - 18:22 | ,  ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

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.

2014 BMW M3 at 2014 NAIAS front 3
The new M3 and M4 were unveiled earlier this year.

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.

Front three quarter of the 2014 BMW M5
The refreshed M5 had its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.

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

BMW M3 - Image Gallery

BMW M4 - Image Gallery

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