Frank Schloeder, the new President of BMW Group India, is a big petrol head. He plans to make sure the BMW enthusiasts gets the best of the company’s offering in the country. The company is evaluating the prospects of bringing to India some affordable performance cars which would attract a wider audience. Also, these smaller performance cars would be much more fun to drive on Indian road conditions.
BMW plans to launch the M2, which is a 2-door coupe that is powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that puts out 365 BHP and 465 Nm of torque (the car comes with an over boost function which increases the BHP by 35). The M2 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph. The engine is mated to a 7-speed, double-clutch automatic gearbox.
Apart from the M2, BMW also plans to launch the 330i in India this year. The car comes with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that develops 248 BHP and 350 Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Since the cost of petrol and diesel has almost become the same, the automobile market has seen a spike in sales of its petrol cars. BMW launched the petrol 3-series and is most likely to launch a petrol version of the 5-series very soon.