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If you are in the market for a premium luxury car with performance and driving pleasure as priority, then BMW Cars are the best choice for you. Renowned for producing cars that offer heritage, some of the best handling characteristics and performance, the automaker lives up to its tagline - the Ultimate Driving Machine. It doesn’t matter which model you are buying, more often than not it will be the best to drive in its segment. When coupled with copious amounts of power, driving a BMW becomes a special experience. Today we take a look at the most powerful BMW cars you can currently buy in India. BMW XM Only the second-ever bespoke M vehicle and the first M PHEV, the new XM is the most powerful BMW to be ever made. It becomes the new flagship model in the brand’s lineup in India, the SUV features some striking design elements like large illuminated kidney grille with gold accents, split-LED headlight setup, bulging wheel arches, LED tail lights, and 21-inch alloy wheels that can be upgraded to 22 or 23-inches. Powering the XM is a 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine that is paired with an electric motor, churning out a combined 653 bhp with 800 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. The automaker claims a 0 to 100 kmph sprint time of just 4.3 seconds while the SUV can also be driven in pure EV mode for up to 80 kms. BMW M8 Competition 50 Jahre M Edition The automaker introduced the M8 Competition 50 Jahre M Edition as part of the 50th-Anniversary celebrations of BMW’s performance division. Compared to the regular competition model, the Special Edition gets added M badges in the front, side, and rear, a black kidney grille, an M Sport exhaust system, and 20-inch anthracite black alloy wheels with red brake calipers. There are also 5 new exterior colours and an optional M Carbon exterior package which gets you the likes of a carbon front bumper and rear spoiler. Being the most powerful 8-Series, the M8 Competition uses a twin-turbo V8 petrol motor that makes 625 bhp with 750 Nm of peak torque and is paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It comes with BMW’s xDrive AWD system, allowing the vehicle to reach 100 kmph from a standstill in just 3.2 seconds. BMW M5 The BMW M5 is widely regarded as the best super saloon in the world, and the current model is also among the most powerful BMWs you can currently buy. The company gave the sedan an update in 2021, featuring an updated front end with a revised bumper and new Laserlight LED headlamps while the rear offers a new diffuser and apron. Mechanically, the M5 uses a 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol engine that makes 625 bhp with 750 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. BMW’s xDrive system sends power to all four wheels while 0 to 100 kmph can be achieved in just 3.3 seconds. Read Also: Why BMW is Regarded as Epitome of Premium Luxury BMW M4 Competition When it was launched last year, the M4 Competition quickly became one of the most divisive cars the German automaker has ever made. Most of it was due to the new design language and the massive front grille. The rest of the car looks aggressive too with the sculpted front bonnet and bumper, black 20-inch alloy wheels, sloping coupe roofline, and an angular rear bumper with a multi-channel diffuser. Being an M car, the M4 Competition has the power to match its striking looks. Under the hood is a 3-litre twin-turbo straight-six petrol powertrain that makes 510 bhp with 650 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This is also the first time that the M4 is being offered with an AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system. BMW claims a 0 to 100 kmph time of just 3.5 seconds while the top speed is said to be limited to 250 kmph. BMW X5 M The X5 M, previous to the new XM’s launch, was the most powerful BMW SUV you could buy. Unlike other M models with their aggressive and in-your-face design, the X5 M looks quite down to earth. The key highlights to its design are the double M kidney grilles finished in black, a sportier front bumper, aerodynamic ORVMs, a new rear bumper and a roof-mounted spoiler. While you may not notice the X5 M at the first glance, you sure will when it gets going. Powering the SUV is BMW’s 4.4-litre twin–turbo V8 petrol engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power output of 625 bhp with 750 Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels via the M xDrive system. Weighing nearly 2.4-tonne, the vehicle can sprint from 0-100 kmph in just 3.8 seconds. Read Also: Why Should You Buy a BMW Car? Top Features and Benefits
It was late, but it was well worth the wait. BMW has finally joined the EV party, following Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar. The BMW iX, an all-electric luxury SUV, has arrived in India via the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route in the xDrive 40 form. The BMW iX will be a strong competitor to the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-Tron. The BMW iX is based on the iNext concept, which the premium automaker debuted in 2017. The SUV will be available in two models: the BMW iX xDrive40 and the BMW iX xDrive 50. The SUV's EV features are immediately noticeable, including a strong and larger-than-usual classic kidney-shaped grille with many cameras built into it. The grille also holds a radar system and sensors, which round out the driver assistance systems, while the front bumper features four light bands in the upper part of the slim headlamps. Because of the tapering glasshouse, fixed clam-shell bonnet, fixed B-pillars, and frameless doors, the side profile appears fluidic. When it comes to the back, the tail lamps resemble the headlamps. The iX xDrive 50 Sport has air vents atop a sharper bumper for aerodynamic efficiency, and the rear profile is smoother and more sombre. The BMW iX rides on 22-inch aerodynamically optimised wheels with 275/40 profile tyres. The dimensions of the all-electric BMW iX are the same as those of the ICE-powered BMW X5. Furthermore, because of the electric infrastructure, its cabin space is comparable to that of the BMW X7. BMW employed recycled plastic and microfibre fabric for seating to encourage a sustainable approach. A hexagonal steering wheel looks stunningly sumptuous above the sleek dashboard, which has a custom-made heads-up display. The dual digital displays, which include a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, are even more appealing. The drive selector and the iDrive rotary controller are positioned on a high-set armrest, while the remainder of the controls are integrated into the door's upper portion. The iX xDrive 40 produces 326 HP of power, 630 Nm of peak torque, and has a range of up to 414 kilometres. According to the claim, the iX xDrive 40 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. The iX xDrive 50 has a range of up to 611 km and delivers 523 HP and 765 Nm of peak torque. This model is said to speed from 0 to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds. The BMW iX has two electric motors, one on each axle, resulting in an all-wheel-drive system. Based on the driving circumstances, the AWD powertrain regulates torque as needed by the front and rear axles. As a result, the BMW iX may be operated in rear-wheel drive and then quickly switched to all-wheel drive when necessary. Read Also: Audi A8L VS Mercedes Benz S-Class VS BMW 7-Series – Price, Variants, Dimensions, Features and Engine Comparison The BMW iX xDrive 40 features a 76.6kWh battery pack and a range of 425 kilometres. BMW provides a 2.3kW single-phase charger for home connections as well as an 11kW AC wallbox charger. The battery can be charged from 0 to 100% in 36 hours using the 2.3kW charger, and it can be topped off in just seven hours with the 11 kW charger. The BMW iX also supports DC fast charging, allowing it to charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 73 minutes at 50kW capacity and in 31 minutes at 150kW capacity. The BMW iX is priced at 1.16 crore (ex-showroom) and will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron SUV and Sportback, and Jaguar i-Pace. For best deals on BMW cars please visit Car Lelo. Read Also: BMW i3 Born Electric Car
BMW India has just launched the facelifted Z4 roadster at Rs 89.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The update sees the convertible getting a few subtle exterior updates along with added features. BMW Z4 Facelift: Exterior Design The exterior design of the BMW Z4 remains largely similar to the previous model. At the front, the new model is provided with a blacked-out honeycomb grille and redesigned triangular air intakes. The side and rear profile of the roadster stay the same except for the new 19-inch alloy wheels and a soft-top roof that can be folded away in just 10 seconds. BMW Z4 Facelift: Interior Design and Features Moving inside, the new Z4 gets new trim and upholstery. The M40i now gets a blend of leather and Alcantara with contrast blue stitching and piping. It also gets an M Sport steering wheel and seats showcasing the roadster's sporty intent. In terms of features, the new BMW Z4 comes with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, a fully digital instrument cluster, connected car tech, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, wireless charging and more. Optional equipment on the new model includes active headlamps, audio setup by Harman Kardon, adaptive cruise control, HUD, parking assistant and an anthracite silver finish for the roof. Also Read: BMW Touring Concept Revealed BMW Z4 Facelift: Mechanical Details Powering the facelifted Z4 M40i is the same 3.0-litre, in-line six turbo-petrol motor as the outgoing model. The motor pumps out 340 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties are handled by an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Z4 M40i also gets a sportier M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport differential. BMW Z4 Facelift: Price, Deliveries, and Rivals As mentioned above, the new Z4 is priced at Rs 89.30 lakh (ex-showroom). This is an increase of Rs 4.40 lakh from the previous model. BMW says the deliveries of the facelifted roadster will commence from June onwards. In India, the BMW Z4 directly rivals the Porsche 718 Boxster. However, the latter is over Rs 60 lakh more expensive at Rs 1.52 crore (ex-showroom). Also Read: Next-Gen BMW 5 Series and i5 Revealed
BMW has just unveiled the all-new 5 Series globally. The brand also revealed its pure electric version, the i5, alongside it. The 8th-gen model is bigger than before and offers more space inside for passengers than before. It also gets an updated design, all-new features, and multiple powertrain options. We take a closer look. New BMW 5 Series and i5: Exterior Design The latest-gen 5 Series features an evolutionary design that has a few similarities to the outgoing model. At the front, the new sedan bucks the current BMW trend of massive grilles in favour of a smaller illuminated kidney grille setup. On the pure electric i5, the grille is a closed-off design. It is flanked by slim LED headlights with vertical DRLs while the sharply sculpted bumper looks sportier than before as well. Moving to the side, the 8th-gen model gets flush-fitting door handles similar to the new 7 Series and 18-inch alloy wheels are standard. At the rear, it gets sleek wraparound LED taillights and a sportier bumper with an integrated diffuser. New BMW 5 Series and i5: Interior Design and Features Inside, the 5 Series’ interior follows the same design language as all the latest BMWs with the dashboard dominated by a curved dual-display setup. It incorporates a 14.9-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which look like one seamless screen. The cabin now used vegan leather upholstery as well, for the first time in a BMW. Other key feature highlights include the latest iDrive 8.5 software, wireless Android Auto and CarPlay, a panoramic sunroof, premium audio setup, wireless charging, ambient lighting, a HUD, gesture control support, and more. The new 5 Series also gets ADAS features like lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control as an optional extra while parking assist is standard across all variants. Read Also: BMW Touring Concept Revealed New BMW 5 Series and i5: Powertrain Details BMW will offer both petrol and diesel powertrain options with the new 5 Series. This includes an entry-level 2-litre turbo four-cylinder in the 530i that makes 205 bhp. The 520d’s 2-litre turbo diesel makes 197 bhp of power while the 530e and its strong-hybrid motor generate a combined power output of 299 bhp. The top-of-the-line 550e six-cylinder strong-hybrid churns out 489 bhp of peak power. Moving to the new i5, it uses an 81.2 kWh battery pack that powers either a single rear-axle mounted motor or a dual-motor setup. The eDrive40 will use the RWD setup and makes 340 bhp with 430 Nm of peak torque. The flagship M60 xDrive makes 601 bhp with 820 Nm of max torque from its twin electric motors. The i5 comes with 11 kW AC charging as standard that can be doubled to 22 kW with the optional onboard charger. It also supports up to 205 kW fast charging. BMW claims a WLTP range of 582 km for the eDrive40 and up to 516 km for the M60 xDrive. New BMW 5 Series and i5: Launch and Rivals BMW will launch the new 8th-gen 5 Series and i5 globally by October 2023. Expect the sedans to reach Indian shorts by early to mid-2024. Latest reports also suggest that the brand will bring the new sedan’s LWB (long wheelbase) variant to India, which is yet to be unveiled. Upon launch, the 5 Series will rival the likes of the Volvo S90, Audi A6, and the all-new Mercedes E Class. The i5 will compete against the Mercedes EQE, Audi A6 e-tron, and Tesla’s Model S. Read Also: Mercedes Benz A-Class and AMG A45 S Launched in India
The price of the upcoming Next-Gen BMW 5-Series/ i5 is expected to be between Rs 60 lakh and Rs 95 lakh (ex-showroom).
The estimated launch date of the upcoming BMW 5-Series/ i5 is set around November 2024.
The BMW 5-Series/ i5 will feature a whole host of exterior and interior design revisions along with a choice of petrol, plug-in-hybrid and fully electric powertrain options. The
highlight of the four-wheeler's cabin will be the new infotainment unit with twin curved display, running BMW’s latest iDrive 8 operating system.
The BMW 5-Series/ i5 competes with the likes of the Mercedes Benz E-Class, Volvo S90 and the Audi A6 in its segment.