BMW M3 sedan has got the driving pleasure and share performance to the new level as this car smoothly integrates finest capabilities and competent driving dynamics. It could come across as a little disappointment for the people looking to tag M series with only SUV but still there is no denying that this car performs much more than the Expectations. What add more to the performance part is the fact that this car is lighter than the outgoing model and this imparts huge benefit to the city of new M3 Sedan. To put things in perspective, new m3 Sedan is capable of churning out 432 PS along with 550 Nm of max power and max torque respectively. The powerful twin Turbo 6 cylinder in-line engine provides driving pleasure and it is one of the most exceptional performers we have lately seen into the market. What makes it even more enjoyable is the fact that it doesn't lose out on the drivability. The car is a very mature one when it comes to the ride and handling. Despite being ridden very hard we have very little to complain about the handling of this BMW. Every time when pushed into the corner it behaves very sensibly and that is the reason why people will going to like this car even when driven on a normal driving condition. Interiors of the car are of very high quality and adopt the same line as the other BMW models. This essentially means that there is no chance you can complaint about the grain and materials as all of these things are of top notch. Price of the car is on the higher side as it starts at Rs 1.23 crore still there is no doing away from the fact that in addition to BMW tag, weight of the M series has also been thrown up. It may not drive like a old M series which was more enjoyable and performance driven still, the philosophy of making the driving more enjoyable and provide driving pleasure has been intact in this BMW M3 Sedan.
The M badge was originally created by BMW to facilitate its racing program that saw much success in the 1960s and 1970s. Over the years, M (that stands for Motorsport and is also called M-Techlink) started supplementing the company’s vehicles portfolio with bespoke higher trim models and these are now marketed around the world. The variants with M badge generally have modified engine, transmission, suspension, interior trims, aerodynamics and some distinct exterior features – these set them apart from the usual models. Furthermore, all M cars are tested and fine tuned at a private racing track facility owned by BMW in Germany.
BMW M variants come with almost every BMW nameplate excluding the 7 Series luxury saloons and also the X1 & X3 compact crossover SUVs. Interestingly, an unofficial ‘BMW M7’ is the ‘Alpina B7’ that is manufactured on BMW’s assembly line but the engine work and finishing touches are taken care of by auto tuner Alpina.
The M models on offer in Indian luxury car market include M5 Sedan and the M6 Gran Coupe that was launched in April 2014.
Powering the M5 sedan is a 4395 cc V8 petrol engine (biggest in the 5 series line-up) mated to 7 speed automatic gearbox. It churns out 552 bhp and has a torque of 69.3 kgm. The 0-100 km/hour dash is achievable in 4.65 seconds.
The M6 Gran Coupe is BMW’s answer to Audi’s RS7. However unlike Audi’s Quattro model, the M6 Gran Coupe is only a rear wheel drive. This car also uses the same 4395 cc V8 twin turbo petrol motor mated to 7 speed automatic transmission as in the M5. It’s a four door coupe.
BMW M5 employs hydraulic power steering with a strong but soft suspension. Like the chassis in the standard 5 series cars, it comprises double wishbones up front and multi-links at the back. This sedan has 400 mm disc brakes and 6 piston calipers up front. At the rear there are 396mm disc brakes. The M5 runs on Sticky Michelin Super Sport tyres on optional 20-inch rims.
As a differently engineered saloon, the M5 is the top-end trim of BMW 5 series range but it has the styling features that make it distinct from other cars in this league. So there are twin exhaust pipes that stick out at the rear, the 20 inch rims and of course the discrete M5 badge on the trunk lid. To add to this, there are fine elements like a small spoiler on the boot, the more aggressive chin, the elongated side sills and the chrome vents on the front wings.
Sharing the platform of its M5 sister is the M6 Gran Coupe. It has standard carbon fibre roof and a roofline that is 2.5-inches nearer to the deck than with the full-size super saloon. This car is also wider, longer and five kilos heavier than the M5. The M design vertical double struts on kidney grille, V shaped crease lines on the bonnet, adaptive headlamps with LED corona rings and 20 inch, double spoke M light alloy wheels are some of the distinct features. The diffuser has twin tipped outlets on both the sides and this speaks of the 4.4 litre engine's power.
The stylishly done cabins of M models flaunt a high degree of refinement. While M5 sedan’s interiors feature the same design, comfort and safety attributes as in other 5 Series trims, the centre console has some extra controls for iDrive and the multi information display screen. The gear selector is short and stubby and the speedo here reads to 330 km/hour. Being the cabin of a super saloon, it does have comfy, adjustable seats with heating function for driver and front passenger. A well devised Driver assist package, automatic climate control, Bluetooth interface and comprehensive entertainment system are other luxury features.
In case of the M6 Gran Coupe, ingress and egress is little tricky because of the low roofline. The seats also lie low and only 2 people can sit at rear seat because of the extending centre console. But these ergonomically sculpted seats are supportive and adequately comfortable. Four-zone automatic climate-control keeps the cabin pleasant in any weather. Driver centric features such as parking sensors with rear view camera, paddle shifters, electrically adjustable steering wheel column and ORVMs and rear glass defogger make the car effortless yet pleasing to drive. The safety set up comprises a host of preventive and protective features – front/head/side airbags for driver and passengers, ABS, brake assist cornering brake control, dynamic stability control, traction control, adaptive headlamps, ISOFIX child seat mountings, Warning Triangle and first aid kit.
BMW M Models come in a range of attractive colours including but not limited to Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Silverstone Metallic, Imperial Blue Metallic, Sakhir Orange Metallic and can be customised for cabin tones and upholstery.
Optimised with high tech attributes and known for their staggering performance, M models do cost significantly more than other variants in their respective series. The M5 sedan in India has a tag of 1.30 crore and M6 Gran Coupe is priced at Rs. 1.75 crore (both figures - ex showroom price Delhi).
The M badged cars have also won numerous accolades. Some of these are the Red Dot Design Award for M5 in 2011, and for M6 Gran Coupe in 2013. The M5 was also the recipient of Good Design Award in 2012. BMW M6 Gran Coupe became the Moto GP’s New Safety Car for 2013.
BWM M Series does have a legacy of its own. The competition besides Audi RS versions, comes from Mercedes AMG and Lexus F models. While India has the petrol powered cars of this group, the diesel models are also popular in international markets.