BMW’s new line ‘M performance’, which is positioned between the regular BMW Models and the hardcore M-models, introduced a new engine. It’s a tri-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel, which produces 376 hp between 4,000 rpm and 4,400 rpm next to a massive 545 lb-ft of torque, that’s already available from 2000 rpm. The engine will be placed in four models: the 5-serie sedan, the 5-serie touring, the X5 and the X6. When you look at the acceleration (0-62mph), you’ll see that the diesel-powered models are only tens of seconds slower than the gasoline-engine M models.
The advantage of the diesel engine is that it delivers its performance with much better fuel usage numbers. These high-performance cars are even equipped with a start/stop and a brake-energy recuperation system. The exterior will be modified by the M-division, which will be shown in sporty wheels, aggressive spoilers and two large exhausts. In the interior you’ll find a lot of stainless steel, leather sport seats and a typical M steering wheel. The cars will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March.
|Model||Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]|
|BMW M550d xDrive Sedan||4.7 seconds|
|BMW M550d xDrive Touring||4.9 seconds|
|BMW X5 M50d||5.4 seconds|
|BMW X6 M50d||5.3 seconds|