Cricket fans consider Sachin Tendulkar a great player and a good sportsman. The now retired cricketer has millions of fans from around the world; but did you know that he is a fan of something?
Yes, Sachin is a huge fan of of BMW, even though he is the brand ambassador for the carmaker. So does anybody have an idea about what cars made by BMW Sachin owns? Or in fact, what cars he has parked in his garage? Let's take a look.
BMW 7 Series
Sachin owns BMW's flagship luxury sedan, the BMW 7 Series. He owns the 769Li, which is powered by a 6.0 litre V12 engine that produces 544bhp and 750Nm torque. The car has an ‘Individual' package, specially customised for Sachin. The car has ‘ST' embroided in the interior of the car, while the outside looks standard. The retailing price of the BMW 7 Series in India is Rs. 1.95 crore.
Very few own SUVs that have been performance tuned in India, and Sachin happens to be one of them. He owns a BMW X5 that has been given a performance touch by the ‘M' division. The X5M produces 381bhp and 740Nm torque with its 3.0 litre 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds. That's fast for an SUV! Tendulkar, according to a few sources, was asked to replace his Audi Q7 with the BMW X5M when he signed up as the company's brand ambassador. The X5M retails for Rs. 1.55 crore in India.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
The retired Indian cricketer also owns a M6 Gran Coupe that is finished in a rare ‘Frozen Silver' shade that is not available in the Indian market. Tendulkar's car was the first M6 Gran Coupe delivered in India, and powering the car is a 560bhp V8 engine that develops 680Nm of torque. The selling price of the Gran Coupe in India is around Rs. 1.7 crore.
Not just a normal M5, what Sachin owns is a limited edition '30 Jahre M5′, which only 300 units were built to celebrate 30 years of the BMW M5. Only one car is in India, and that is the matte grey car owned by Sachin. The car is powered by a twin turbocharged V8 that produces 600bhp and 700Nm of torque, that helps the accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.
Probably Sachin's most prized car off his collection, the i8, as described by Sachin is the best handling car he has ever driven. He claims that the car handles like a go-kart. Sachin launched the hybrid car in India for BMW. The car is powered by a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder engine, but with the help of electric motors, the i8 car produces 357bhp and 570Nm of torque. The BMW i8 is sold in India for Rs. 2.3 crores.
May not be a BMW, but the GT-R is a car that is loved by many enthusiasts around the world. The car in spite of being a V6, the twin turbos help the car accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 2.9 seconds and the engine develops 545bhp. Sachin's car is fitted with a body kit that makes his car stand out from the rest. Nissan will soon launch the car in India, and once done, there will be many who will opt for the car.
Ferrari 360 Modena
Also called the Ferrari 360M, the car was personally handed over to Sachin by Schumacher himself. Sachin does not own the car anymore since the car was sold away sometime back to a business man. The car made lot of news when Sachin had it.
Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG
An old Mercedes-Benz AMG which is no more with Sachin now. The car was manufactured in the towards the late 90s and had a 3.6-litre 6-cylinder engine that produced 280bhp.
Did You Know?
So, that's it about Sachin Tendulkar's car collection and one has to say, it is pretty impressive. Also, when BMW celebrated the ‘Make In India' initiative, Sachin himself worked on one of the 5 Series at the plant. During the venet, Sachin quoted "Next time I take my BMW out, I can proudly say - I have made one!"