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BMW to take on Audi, Mercedes with these 5 gorgeous cars

April 25, 2014 08:34 IST

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Audi and Mercedes had a good run last year. The Bavarian automaker, however, was not that lucky in terms of sales.

Once an undisputed leader of luxury brands, BMW has moved to the third position in India and is now seriously looking forward to dethrone its prime rivals.

BMW is planning to fortify its brand identity among the luxury car enthusiasts and in this respect it has recently launched 2014 M6 Gran Coupe.

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2014 M6 Gran Coupe is priced at a whopping Rs 1.75 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi). This car will take on Mercedes CLS, Audi RS7 and Porsche Panamera in the class.

The model line-up will be expanded this year with a range of luxury cars to sport and iconic cars in the wing. Here is the synopsis of the upcoming cars in India from BMW’s stable.

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BMW i8 hybrid sportscar

BMW i8 is hyped as the first real sustainable sportscar in the world. The car consists of aerodynamic design language and the structure is strengthened with carbon-fibre and aluminum elements.

BMW i8 sport a combination of 1.5L inline 3-cylinder engine and 7.2 kWh lithium ion battery pack.

The suite generates substantial 362bhp and 370Nm of peak torque coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission system.

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BMW i8 hybrid sportscar

The furious attitude can be seen when the car rushes to 100kmph mark from standstill in just 4 seconds of time.

The car comes equipped with advance safety features and several modes for the comfort of driving.

India will get this new breed of luxury sportscar by the end of this year.

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M4 Coupe

The year 2014 will be the year of ‘M’ models in the Indian market.

M6 Gran Coupe has been recently launched while next to come in the series will be M4 Coupe which acquired the baton from the discontinued M3 Coupe that recently went off the production line.

It’s not easy to replace a heartthrob like M3 and BMW has done this brilliantly by introducing more impressive and performing M4 Coupe.

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M4 Coupe

The car is a two door version of popular M3 and sports a 6-cylinder petrol engine that belts out 431bhp and peak torque of 550Nm.

The car flashes from 0-100kmph in just 4.1 seconds reaching the top speed of 250kmph.

M4 Coupe will land in India via CBU route and will be pitted against Audi RS5 and Mercedes Benz C63 AMG.

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M5 Sedan Facelift (LCI)

Another one to come under the ‘M’ family will be M5 sedan, but in a facelift form.

This car is for those power hungry drivers who want more performance than M4 coupe. The car was launched two years back at the Indian Auto Expo and this time it will be dubbed as Life Cycle Impulse, as BMW use to call its facelift versions.

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M5 Sedan Facelift (LCI)

Under the hood, the car will get the same powertrain i.e. 4.4L twin-turbo petrol unit with tweaked power ratings producing 575bhp.

It will feature carbon ceramic brakes, sporty exhaust outlets and lowered ride height. Like other ‘M’ family of cars, M5 (LCI) will also land via CBU route in India.

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X5 SUV

The luxury-SUV lovers will be seeing a new face on the Indian roads in the form of X5 SUV.

The car was shown at the 12th Auto Expo this year and is expected to launch in coming June. The car will replace currently plying X5 Crossover and will be the third-generation of the same.

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X5 SUV

Power comes to the vehicle from 3L six-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine giving hefty 258bhp and 560Nm of torque paired to standard 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox powering all four wheels.

Unlike the outgoing model, the new BMW X5 will be assembled from CKD kits at company’s Chennai facility that would also result in a price drop.

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7 Series Active Hybrid

The luxury 7-series saloon is still a couple of years away from its official launch.

In the meanwhile the company wants to create some noise by rolling out the Active Hybrid version of this car.

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7 Series Active Hybrid

The car is powered by 6-cylinder High Precision V8 twin turbo engine coupled with 55hp electric motor, giving a combined output of 354bhp and peak torque rated at 500Nm. The mileage of the hybrid car stands at 17.64kmpl.

The launch of these hordes of cars would certainly help Bavarian Motor Works to crawl back to the top position in India.

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