The Germans, for over a century, have been known for their engineering expertise, especially in the aviation and automotive industry. One name that has built a reputation for itself, transitioning successfully from the former to the latter, is that of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, better known as BMW.
A company that exemplifies ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’; it transformed the concept of luxury from chauffeured driving to finding power and luxury by getting behind the wheels of the car itself. In its pursuit of building the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’, BMW has created a number of automotive masterpieces, becoming the favourite luxury car brand for millions of faithful across the globe. Let us take a look at some of the best BMW cars making waves in the automotive industry today.
The BMW 5 Series (starting ex-showroom price: ₹59.29 lakh)
Currently, in its seventh generation, the 5 series is an executive car that first witnessed production in the early 1970s and was the first line of models to use the term ‘Series’ in its name. It is available as a 4-door sedan that goes by the name G30, a 5-door hatchback station wagon named G31 and a 4-door long-wheelbase called G38. Based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that was first introduced in the 7-series G11, the G30 comes with a range of engine options, including diesel, turbocharged petrol, and even a plug-in hybrid version called the 530e iPerformance.
The BMW 7 Series (starting ex-showroom price: ₹123 lakh)
While the 5 series is an executive car, the 7 series is a luxury sedan currently in its sixth generation, after having been introduced in 1977. The short wheelbase model is called the G11 while the one with an extended wheelbase is called G12, both being available with hybrid power trains as well. The chassis of the 7 series has been built using a carbon fibre-reinforced polymer and is based on BMW’s OKL (Oberklasse, which is German for Luxury class) platform. The engine options in the 7 series include an inline-4 engine and a straight-6, as well as naturally aspirated and turbocharged V8 and V12 engines, all of which convert this cabin of comfort into a beast humming beneath the hood.
The BMW M5 (starting ex-showroom price: ₹155 lakh)
Known in the international circles as the F90, this sixth generation beastly beauty comes with a 4.4-litre V8 engine and is the first to feature an all-wheel drive powertrain and an automatic transmission as the only option for the M5. Introduced in 2017 alongside the Need for Speed Payback video game, the F90 holds two Guinness Records as well, one for the “Longest continuous vehicle drift” and another for the “Longest twin vehicle drift (water assisted)” on a wet skidpad.
The BMW Z4 (starting ex-showroom price: ₹64.9 lakh)
The only roadster on this list, the Z4 is currently in its third generation (known as the G29) and marked a return to soft-tops as the preferred choice for the Z series. Unveiled officially at the Paris Motor Show in October last year, the G29 comes with the option of having a 2.0 L turbocharged inline-4 engine or a 3.0 L turbocharged inline-6 engine underneath its hood that enable it to reach top speeds of around 250km/hr and go from 0-100km in a mere 4.5 seconds.
The BMW X7 (starting ex-showroom price: ₹90.9 lakh)
The X7 (G07) is a luxury SUV that comes with a self-leveling air suspension system that allows it to be raised or lowered by 40mm and also offers an off-road package with a traction control system. As the SUV speeds to beyond 138km/hr, the suspension system in the car automatically lowers it by 20mm so as to improve the aerodynamic performance of the X7. The X7 comes with options of a 3.0 L turbocharged inline-6 engine in both petrol and diesel (there is also a quad-turbocharged diesel option), as well as a 4.4 L twin-turbo V8 engine, all of which are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.