Monday, 21 May 2012


BMW South Africa has released some new models, and the prices attached to them. Some of these cars, while still some time away, have also been priced for the Mzansi market. Those already on showroom floors include the 125i and X1 xDrive28i, while others like the mighty M6 Convertible are yet to be launched.

So we’ll start with what we don’t yet have, work our way down. Soft-top M6 Convertible uses the same 4.4-litre V8 twin turbo found in the M5 for its own pack of 412kW and 680Nm goodies. It’s obviously based on the 6 Series Convertible and will cost R1 485 500 at the dealer. The big X twins, X5 and X6, gain stunning diesel power through a new 3.0-litre tri-turbo (uhuh, that’s three turbos boss!) that releases 280kW and 740Nm of torque for both the X5 M50d and X6 M50d. Respectively the SUVs are priced at R954 500 and R1 057 000.

At the lower end of the scale there’s a pair of 125i kids driven by either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic. They both produce 160kW and 310Nm. The manual will cost R343 500 and the auto R361 500 standard. That’s a lot of dough for a small hatch, hot as it may be.

Lastly the X1 spawns three extra variants in the xDrive23d, xDrive28i manual and xDrive28i automatic. The xDrive23d is a R466 500 diesel stonker pulling out 150kW from its magic hat, and a booming 400Nm. Big brother xDrive28i is worth R456 500 in manual and R474 500 in automatic. For that you get a 2.0-litre turbo petrol pushing 180kW and 350Nm of pulling torque.

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