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BMW plans entry-level M model

BMW's compact four-door M model will rival the Merc CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 saloon.

BMW is planning an entry-level M model based on a new saloon version of the second-gen 1-series. This compact four-door will be positioned as a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 saloon. The new BMW has already been earmarked to run a highly strung 2.0-litre turbo engine with at least 300bhp.

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  • First Published Date : 29 Nov 2012, 04:32 PM IST