After BMW has announced that a powerful diesel version of the new 5-Series will hit the markets in the nearby future, the German based automaker said that the model won’t be an official M car.
According to Autocar.co.uk, the M550dX will indeed come with the M chassis and styling tweaks but the model won’t become and official M5 diesel because of its all-wheel drive system which is making the vehicle’s ride to high. And now you are probably wondering why BMW doesn’t give up the all-wheel drive system for the powerful 5-Series diesel; that’s what we’ve asked ourselves too but apparently the manufacturer needs about 1.000 engineers just to do that.
“There are specific reasons why we didn’t go with four-wheel drive, one of them being the four-wheel drive system that requires the car to ride higher than existing M models”, as a BMW insider told autocar.co.uk.
As a reminder, the upcoming M550dX will be powered by a 3.0 liter tri-turbo diesel engine which will be developing a total output of 375 horsepower and have a peak torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). The powerful diesel version of the new 5-Series will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in around 5.0 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The same engine will later be used on the X5 xDrive550d and the X6 xDrive550d.