BMW, the German luxury car maker is losing ground in India off late because of the product offensive of Audi and Mercedes Benz. But it’s all geared up to bring it’s A-game to the Indian luxury car market and will be launching a slew of luxury cars this year. The first one to hit the Launchpad is the 3-Series Gran Turismo which has been launched for Rs 42.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, All India). It has been launched in a single variant, the 320d in Luxury trim.
Under the hood will be a 2.0 litre diesel motor that will have a maximum power output of 184 BHP with a peak torque of 380 NM. The engine will be mated to an 8 speed Steptronic Automatic transmission. It gets a rear spoiler which will jump into action once you go past 100 kmph and will retract below 70 kmph. The GT has been joined in by the likes of the X5, i8 and M6 Grand Coupe.
BMW i8 is the car that looks way ahead of its generations. It is propelled by a 131 BHP electric motor that drives the front wheels whereas a 1.5 litre three cylinder petrol motor is the one that develops a maximum power of 231 BHP and drives the rear 2 wheels. That makes a total power of 362 BHP on offer. It will do the 0 to 100 kmph sprint in 4.4 seconds before touching a top speed of 250 kmph which has been electronically limited. The same will be launched towards the end of this year.
At the stall was M6 Gran Coupe as well which will be the flagship M division car from now on. It is propelled by a 4.4 litre Twin-Turbocharged V8 motor that has 553 BHP and 680 NM on offer. Even though it has sloping roof, the car still has a decent space and headroom for even the rear passengers. It will come in via the CBU route later this year.
The facelifted version of the X5 also made a debut at the Auto Expo 2014 and it will be launched later this year as well.
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