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18 May 2017

BMW launches 330i and 760Li in India

So much power

Sriram Narayanan
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If you work with BMW India, chances are you’d be too busy to be reading this. To those of you work elsewhere, well, BMW India has been having a busy day.

The German company has launched one variant each of its junior exec sedan, the 3-Series  – the 330i – and a flagship variant of its flagship sedan, the 7-Series – the 760Li. The 330i, as you may have guessed packs in a revvy, smooth 3.0-litre straight six. Well, you guessed wrong. The 330i packs in a 2.0-litre, or to be precise, a 1998cc, four-cylinder engine. But thanks to turbos like every other BMW on offer, this downsized engine makes 252bhp. That’s slightly more than the 248bhp that Porsche manages to extract out of the 2.0-litre Macan. And the Macan is a rapid car. Being turbocharged, it makes a phenomenal 350Nm from as low as 1450rpm and keeps up that same surge of torque right up to just under 5000rpm.

We were rather impressed with Porsche’s ability to extract massive power out of a small engine. This 330i makes slightly more. To aid with the power-delivery is BMW’s eight-speed dual-clutch powering the rear wheels.

While the 330i will see you scratching your head with model designations now that they don’t precisely reflect the engine capacity of what’s under the hood, at the other end of the spectrum is the BMW M760Li xDrive. In this era of downsizing, you might now guess that means this 7 series has a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. Oh well, you are wrong again because here the 760 denotes a 6.6-litre or a 6,592cc turbocharged V12. Oh yes. That’s the full-hog.

With such a massive engine and with the aid of a turbocharger, we reckon BMW has taken it a bit easy with just 610bhp. That’s about as much power as a naturally-aspirated Lamborghini Huracan or Audi R8 V10 Plus. Of course, being turbo-charged, this engine makes a massive – but leisurely for the powerplant – 800Nm of torque from 1550rpm to exactly 5000rpm.  No wonder BMW claims an eye-popping 3.7 seconds for this stately limo to get to a 100kph. Yes. That’s again Lambo and R8 territory.

The 330i’s 5.8 seconds to 100kph may seem pedestrian compared to the 7, but in its class, this is the quickest 3 series India has apart from the M3. The 330i is available in Sport Line and M Sport Edition. The key difference being in equipment. The M Sport Edition has cosmetic stuff like BMW written on the door sill, black slats in the kidney grille, some M Sport badging inside and out, an M Sport steering wheel and 18-inch tyres in place of the Sport Lines’ 17-inch ones. While the Sport Line comes with Park Distance Control in the rear, the M Sport has them for the front too.

The Sport Line will set you back Rs 42.40 lakh and the M Sport by Rs 44.90 lakh (ex-showroom).

The 7 Series powerhouses will cost you a bit more. Rs 2.27 crore (ex-showroom) to be precise. This 7 also comes in two variants – M760Li xDrive and the M760Li xDrive V12 Excellence. The V12 Excellence has some more luxury bits like wooden inlays and chrome bits. While the non-V12 Excellence has sportier greys, blacks and leather in place of the Excellence’s chrome and wood. Plus to go with the sportier theme of things it gets a Sport mode in the eight-speed gearbox that the V12 Excellence doesn’t.

You wouldn’t be surprised to know that the xDrive denotes all-wheel drive. But you’d be surprised to know that they both cost the same. BMW reckons this high at the stratosphere, customers aren’t going to make a buying decision on variants costing a few ten lakh less or more. Of course, you aren’t just paying for the power. You are also paying for tech such as rear-wheel steering, massage seats and a first-class lounge experience. But we are curious about one thing. These fully-imported 760Li xDrive BMWs can surely keep Lambos, R8s and Porsches in its sights on a drag-strip. But does the massage function hinder the acceleration times? In the pursuit of knowledge and science, we will know soon.

Tags: 330i, m760li, bmw m, m sport, 7 series, 3 series, bmw india, bmw

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