Home / Home / #AutoExpo2018 BMW India Raise The Roof; launch M5, 6 GT, MINI Countryman; showcase X3, i3s, i8 Coupé and Roadster


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BMW India have launched the all-new 6 Series Gran Turismo at Rs 58.90 lakh, and the next-generation M5 at Rs 1.44 crore, both ex-showroom.

Having sold and encouraging number of cars in the last calendar year, BMW India have bolstered their luxury sport portfolio with the introduction of the 6 Series Gran Turismo, in 630i turbo-petrol guise, and the new M5 super-saloon.

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The all-new 6 Series GT arrives to replace the old 5 Series GT globally. More luxury, more technology and a more sizeable car are what you get for your Rs 60-odd lakh. A sloping roof creation somewhere between a shooting brake, an estate, and a four-door coupé, the 6 GT promises to offer outstanding luxury grand touring with performance to match. A choice of Dakota leather, smart interior trim, two-axle adaptive air suspension, and a powerful petrol engine mean the 6 GT is ready for business.

The 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo makes more power and torque than it does in the 3 and 5 Series, with a peak 258 PS coming in between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, and a full 400 Nm of peak torque between 1,550 and 4,400 rpm. A smooth eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Putting it down to the road are 245/50 R18s. Claimed acceleration from 0-100 km/h is 6.3 seconds.

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The new BMW M5 is the ultimate driving 5 Series, now available from Rs 1.44 crore (ex-showroom). It packs a comprehensively evolved version of the 4.4-litre V8 with a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, now making a full 600 PS and 750 Nm, compared to the 560-PS version seen in the previous M5. It’s also the very first M car to have xDrive intelligent all-wheel, paired to the seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission. While four-wheel-drive is there for the taking, the system allows three settings, one of which is full rear-wheel-drive. An M Dynamic Mode also allows exploitation of its astounding capability. Sport seats, quality leather, and a host of advanced driver assistance systems complete the package.

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Part of the BMW Group, MINI’s new Countryman was also unveiled ahead of its launch in June. It will be assembled in Chennai and available in two petrol versions: Cooper S Countryman and JCW Countryman, and one diesel version: Cooper SD Countryman; each of which are powered by 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engines.

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BMW India also showcased the electric i3s, the all-new i8 Coupé and Roadster hybrid sports cars, the all-new X3 and the X6, most of which will be launched this year.

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Story: Jim Gorde


About the author: Jim Gorde


Deputy Editor at Car India and Bike India.
Believes that learning never stops, and that diesel plug-in hybrids are the only feasible immediate future until hydrogen FCEVs take over.

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