BMW has launched its first diesel M car: the new X5 M50d xDrive – a powerful diesel vehicle that will start at 80 800 EUR in Germany.
Set to make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the new M550d xDrive Sedan it’s part of a strategy to fill the gap between the exclusive M GmbH division cars and the top-end cosmetic M Sport trim lines.
The new M model is powered by a completely new 3.0-liter 6-clyinder in-line diesel engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology which consists of three turbochargers. The result of all that is an output of 280 kW/381 hp,with maximum torque: 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft).
It’s claimed to be reviver than normal turbodiesels, topping out at 5400rpm, though few drivers will need to extend it that far thanks to the sky-high torque figure.
How fast it is? Consider that the M5 takes 4.4 seconds to screech from standstill to 100km/h – the M550d does it in 4.7 seconds – who would ever have expected that from a diesel?
Given its claimed pace and hefty 4,178-pound curb weight, it is also remarkably frugal; BMW says it returns 6.3 liters/100 km on the European test cycle.
In each of the new M Performance models, the new engine is mated to a beefed-up version of BMW’s existing eight-speed automatic supplied by German gearbox specialist ZF and a specially tuned version of the German carmaker’s all-wheel drive system.
The vehicle will hit the European market this April.