The BMW M5 Competition has made a comeback with a few updates. It asks Rs 7 lakh more than its predecessor but what if you’re looking for other options in that pricing? Find out below.
BMW India has launched the 2021 M5 Competition for Rs 1.62 crore (ex-showroom). The new high-performance sedan gets updated interiors and revised exteriors. BMW confirms that the mechanicals have been reworked as well and the chassis has been enhanced to make the most of 616bhp and 750Nm – from a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8.
However, after spending over a crore and a half just on the ex-showroom price you wouldn’t want to restrict your drives to race-track like portions of roads in the country. You’d want luxury? Not to say the M5 Competition is any less luxurious. It gets its share of luxuries; however, they are executed in a more sporty flamboyant manner than in a subtle comfortable way.
The direct rival to the 2021 BMW M5 Competition is the Mercedes-AMG E 63S. Mercedes-AMG will launch the updated model of their performance sedan on July 15, and we shall compare the two once we have our hands on both the sedans!
Until then, here are a few cars (and SUVs) on sale you can consider if you’re not after the power figures north of 600bhp and 0-100km/hr timings lesser than 3.5 seconds.
Audi A8 L - Rs 1.58 crore
This one is for the ‘chauffeur driven’ but when you take matters into your own hands, the A8 L should be able to keep you engaged, to say the least. The car gets a 3.0-litre V6 pushing out 335bhp and 500Nm of torque. Speaking of its luxuries, the passengers in the rear get two individual seats that are split by a centre console. There is a cooling box between the seats and the centre console houses control to operate the car’s multimedia.
Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid - Rs 1.59 crore
Porsche Cayenne’s e-hybrid variant is very close to the BMW M5 Competition in terms of pricing. But the Porsche offers added benefits of a hybrid motor. It won’t be fire cracking fast as the M5 Competition, but the hybrid-SUV could alarm you a little with its combined power output of 456bhp and 700Nm of torque. The 3.0-litre turbo-V6 engine is capable of pushing out 335bhp and the electric motor provides an additional 134bhp for instantaneous acceleration.
Mercedes-Benz G 350d 4Matic - Rs 1.62 crore
The price of the G 350d 4Matic is identical to the M5 Competition. For the same price, you get a more practical diesel engine. A 3.0-litre straight-six good enough for 282bhp and 600Nm of torque. The claimed time for the G 350d to do 100km/hr from a standstill is 7.4 seconds. That’s more than twice what BMW claims for the M5 Competition. But the G 350d will take the rough roads in our country under its stride with ease. Also, the SUV will reach places where it won’t be a good idea to take a rare exclusive high-performance sedan.
All the prices in the story are ex-showroom.