BMW's Two for the Road

BMW India has launched X5 M and X6 M. The high-performance sports activity cars promise to deliver the goods, be it on the racetracks or on gravel roads, writes Ammar Alvi.

Published: 31st October 2015 06:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st October 2015 06:09 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: Banking on the elements of xDrive and the M Range, the X5 M is a combination of flexibility and superior handling, while X6 M exudes an imposing presence. The M-specific design characteristics visually emphasise the sporty driving experience.

The kidney grille with double slats, large three-part air inlet in the front apron and M twin tailpipes give an impressive look to the vehicles. The proportions of the X5 M indicate massive power and extreme handling abilities, while the flowing lines of the X6 M underline its extravagant coupé concept and athleticism.The interior features the driver-oriented design cockpit. The multifunctional M leather steering with integrated aluminium gearshift paddles, leather-trimmed individual instrument panel, centre-console with knee pads, M-specific gear selector lever, driving dynamics buttons and sill finishers with model lettering are standard offerings that deliver a true feeling of driving on a racetrack. The cars also feature fine grain Merino leather upholstery with contrasting seams.

The M TwinPower Turbocharged V8 petrol engine impresses with responsiveness and agile power delivery at any speed. An output of 575 hp produces a maximum torque of 750 Nm at 2,200-5,000 rpm and accelerates the cars from 0-100 kmph in just 4.2 seconds to a top speed of 250 kmph (electronically limited).

The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic stands out with its precision and fast-shifting ability.

At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency.

The driver can also take over manual control or can change gears using shift paddles.

The xDrive four-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to the most challenging road conditions.

Split-second response times allow the xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. The xDrive combines the advantages of an all-wheel drive—traction, directional stability and safety.

The X5 M and the X6 M offer cutting edge safety technologies that provide optimal support in any situation with eight airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), active protection with alertness assistant, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensors.

With BMW EfficientDynamics, the two cars set new benchmarks when it comes to the performance-to-fuel consumption ratio. They are equipped with a comprehensive technology package.

The range of M specific BMW ConnectedDrive features numerous optional driver assistance systems, pioneering infotainment and unique connectivity.

The iDrive Touch with handwriting recognition (including a 25.9 cm high-definition colour display), full-colour BMW Head-Up Display with M View, 600 watt 16-speaker high-end surround sound from Harman Kardon also make the cars special.

The X5 M is available at BMW dealerships across India as CBU (Completely Built-Up) for Rs 1.55 crore. The X6 M is priced at Rs 1.6 crore.

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