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    • The new BMW M diesel range with three turbos 381 horses and 546 lb-ft of torque - M550d all wheel drive, X5 M50d, and X6 M50d

      Here it officially is, the new diesel era of M. The new triple turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 cylinder finds its way into four models, an M550d xDrive sedan, M550d xDrive touring/wagon, X5 M50d, and an X6 M50d. The new motor offers an amazing 116 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque over the X5 xDrive 35d we know so well in the USA. The motor revs up to 5400 rpm. All that torque is sent to an 8 speed automatic as well as all four wheels. Sound awesome and you can not wait to order one in the USA? Too bad, BMW wants you to go lease an electric 1 Series instead.


      Press release:

      The BMW M Performance Automobiles.

      The BMW M Performance vehicles described in the attached press release are not planned for the US market. The press release is posted for informational purposes only.

      New BMW M GmbH product range based on current BMW models; BMW M Performance Automobiles complement the model family with their clear focus on sports performance combined with unrestricted everyday usability and outstanding efficiency; new product category launches with four models: BMW M550d xDrive Sedan, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d.

      Rigorous use of BMW M GmbH development expertise in the optimisation of agility, precision and emotion; BMW M Performance Automobiles with harmonious interplay of powertrain, chassis technology and design features typical of M models; exclusive, extremely powerful engine; detailed modifications to chassis technology and power transfer; aerodynamically optimised body.

      World premiere for a new six-cylinder in-line diesel engine developed exclusively for the BMW M Performance Automobiles; new, globally unique M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology: three turbochargers, common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors and maximum injection pressure of 2,200 bar; 3.0-litre displacement, 280 kW/381 hp, maximum torque: 740 Newton metres (546 lb-ft); instantaneous responses and outstandingly dynamic power delivery into the upper reaches of the rev range; maximum revs: 5,400 rpm; impressively economical thanks to optimised efficiency and extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology, including Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO mode.

      Eight-speed Sports automatic transmission with enhanced gearshift dynamics fitted as standard on all BMW M Performance Automobiles; BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with bespoke set-up optimised to enhance dynamics; BMW M550d xDrive and BMW X5 M50d with Performance Control, BMW X6 M50d with Dynamic Performance Control.

      M-specific tuning of suspension, bodyshell mounting, engine and transmission mounting, springs and dampers, all standard and optional chassis control systems, and the Servotronic mapping for the hydraulic steering; result is significantly enhanced agility and precision in dynamic driving situations, with the linear build-up of lateral forces familiar from M cars.
      BMW M550d xDrive comes as standard with the Driving Experience Control switch, including ECO PRO mode; BMW M550d xDrive Touring also features air suspension on the rear axle and automatic self-levelling; both models available as an option with Dynamic Damper Control and Adaptive Drive including anti-roll control.

      BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d fitted as standard with air suspension on the rear axle and self-levelling, Adaptive Drive standard on the BMW X6 M50d and available as an option for the
      BMW X5 M50d.

      Purposeful design modifications in familiar M style set individual models apart and provide aerodynamic optimisation; exterior mirrors and air intake bars with striking Ferric Grey metallic paintwork; trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes; BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line; 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design standard on the BMW M550d xDrive and BMW M550d xDrive Touring; 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design standard on the BMW X5 M50d; 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design standard on the BMW X6 M50d; exclusive 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey available as an option for all models; model lettering on the door sills, boot lid and, in the case of the BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d, also in the instrument cluster; engine cover with "M Performance" badge.

      Bespoke interior design shows clear emphasis on the cars' sporting character; gearshift lever with M logo; exclusive Alcantara/Nappa leather M sports seats in Black (BMW X5 M50d, BMW X6 M50d) or Alcantara/Cloth in Grey Shadow (BMW M550d xDrive) with contrast stitching and embossed M logo; M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles; BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite; interior trim strips in Brushed Aluminium Shadow (BMW X5 M50d, BMW X6 M50d) or Aluminium Hexagon (BMW M550d xDrive); interior sound design adds further emphasis to the characteristic six-cylinder soundtrack.

      All BMW M Performance Automobiles contain a wide range of comfort-enhancing equipment as standard; extensive individualisation possible thanks to virtually full availability of BMW 5 Series, BMW X5 and BMW X6 options; includes Comfort Access, automatic tailgate operation (standard in Germany on the BMW X6 M50d and BMW M550d xDrive Touring), hands-free tailgate opening (BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring), electrically operated glass/panoramic sunroof, doors with Soft Close Automatic function, trailer coupling, heated steering wheel, active seats, Adaptive LED Headlights (BMW X6 M50d), navigation systems with hard disk storage, high-quality audio and rear-seat entertainment systems.

      Wide range of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive unmatched by any rival: Head-Up Display, Adaptive Headlights, High-Beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition (BMW M550d xDrive), Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Change Warning System (BMW M550d xDrive), Lane Departure Warning System
      (BMW M550d xDrive), rear-view camera with Top View (BMW X5 M50d, BMW X6 M50d), Surround View (BMW 550d xDrive), Speed Limit Info, internet access, extended integration of smartphones and music players, Real-Time Traffic Information and apps for receiving web radio and using Facebook and Twitter.

      BMW M550d xDrive Sedan:
      Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.7 seconds,
      top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
      average fuel consumption: 6.3 litres/100 kilometres (44.8 mpg imp),
      CO2 emissions: 165 g/km, exhaust standard: EU6.

      BMW M550d xDrive Touring:
      Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.9 seconds,
      top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
      average fuel consumption: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (44.1 mpg imp),
      CO2 emissions: 169 g/km, exhaust standard: EU6.

      BMW X5 M50d:
      Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.4 seconds,
      top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
      average fuel consumption: 7.5 litres/100 kilometres (37.7 mpg imp),
      CO2 emissions: 199 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.

      BMW X6 M50d:
      Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.3 seconds,
      top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
      average fuel consumption: 7.7 litres/100 kilometres (36.7 mpg imp),
      CO2 emissions: 204 g/km, exhaust standard: EU5.




































      This article was originally published in forum thread: M550d pics + pricing + more info started by Ronin View original post
      Comments 28 Comments
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Great find! Thanks for the info! Having some comparative prices for M5 or 550i, and for a closely positioned X-model would help.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Great find! Thanks for the info! Having some comparative prices for M5 or 550i, and for a closely positioned X-model would help.
        Well, getting you USA pricing for this will be impossible. I can provide you electric 1 series lease figures if you like?
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well, getting you USA pricing for this will be impossible. I can provide you electric 1 series lease figures if you like?
        LOL

        I'm actually astonished you didn't write a first page article about how the ///M brand just got dilluted further more.

        On that I would actually agree and I don't see the purpose of having a "Performance" line of accessories in conjunction with an "M" line. Maybe customers didn't buy enough into the "Performance" tag and want that M badge so badly? So probably in a few years there will only be the M accessories available and the Performance line gets dropped.

        I just hope that M will make some serious performance upgrades available: LSDs, track suspension packages, "real" brakes etc.

        Then I could also live with an M50d Diesel...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        I'm actually astonished you didn't write a first page article about how the ///M brand just got dilluted further more.
        Thanks for spoiling my next article Click here to enlarge

        Instead of announcing the M performance models or whatever the hell BMW is calling them I was going to write an article on M dilution.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Thanks for spoiling my next article Click here to enlarge

        Instead of announcing the M performance models or whatever the hell BMW is calling them I was going to write an article on M dilution.
        Hehe you're usually quicker than that Click here to enlarge

        Looking forward to that article!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Autobahn335i Click here to enlarge
        Hehe you're usually quicker than that
        With news, yes, with custom multi-page articles/essays, nope.
      1. Autobahn335i's Avatar
        Autobahn335i -
        Here's a short article with some pictures by the german mag Autobild:

        http://www.autobild.de/artikel/bmw-m-diesel-2323039.html
      1. FLYING X5's Avatar
        FLYING X5 -
        I'm not happy... TWO things are keeping M diesels from the states... BMW stupidity and US Government Standards on Diesels.. Neither will be changing any time soon, and so customers in the states will suffer..

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        World premiere for a new six-cylinder in-line diesel engine developed exclusively for the BMW M Performance Automobiles;
        BMW shouldn't call this a world premiere, because North America is not involved in this. It's a World Tease, with availability only in EU countries. Our government is stuck in the 70's when it comes to diesels, and therefore we the people suffer...
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        @FLYING X5 very true it is NOT a WORLD PREMIERE, it is total BS from their part. I dont own an "M" but like you all state, it gets diluted then they will change the nomenclature to what? Lower case "m" in the future! Although the car is and looks like a "Beast" I dont have the money for it, if i had it then you might as well ADD me into it.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        0-60 in 4.7 and 44.8mpg with a huge, comfortable luxury sports/touring car for four? 2,200bar rail pressure? 5,400RPM diesel?

        I'm happy with that! Now if only people would start modding the diesels seriously....
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well, getting you USA pricing for this will be impossible. I can provide you electric 1 series lease figures if you like?
        Haha, I don't think the decisions are related though. Not having electrics would not necessarily mean that they would sell these diesels in US. I guess they make the decisions independently.
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        World premiere, is first time in the world. Somewhere in the world, not everywhere in the world.
        USA premiere of say a musical that happens to be on Broadway would not mean the musical being presented in all the states...
      1. FLYING X5's Avatar
        FLYING X5 -
        I really don't understand... Maybe one of you guys can explain it...

        BMW can't get past US regulations on Diesels, Hence they won't release the 40d and now the "M" diesel line in the North American Market

        Ford has the F-450 Diesel (6.7l 8cyl Turbodiesel) with 400 hp @ 2800 rpm and 800 lb tq @ 1600 rpm's.
        RAM has the 3500 (6.7l inline 6) with 350 hp @ 3000 rpm and 650 lb tq @ 1500 rpm's.

        So my question is: IF Ford and Ram can meet the standards with these MASSIVE engines, why can't BMW?
        (I know they use a DEF formula to meet the standards, much like all the other diesels in the states, so why can't BMW use the same thing that is in the 35d in the 40d and 50d?!?)
      1. Ronin's Avatar
        Ronin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FLYING X5 Click here to enlarge
        I really don't understand... Maybe one of you guys can explain it...

        BMW can't get past US regulations on Diesels, Hence they won't release the 40d and now the "M" diesel line in the North American Market

        Ford has the F-450 Diesel (6.7l 8cyl Turbodiesel) with 400 hp @ 2800 rpm and 800 lb tq @ 1600 rpm's.
        RAM has the 3500 (6.7l inline 6) with 350 hp @ 3000 rpm and 650 lb tq @ 1500 rpm's.

        So my question is: IF Ford and Ram can meet the standards with these MASSIVE engines, why can't BMW?
        (I know they use a DEF formula to meet the standards, much like all the other diesels in the states, so why can't BMW use the same thing that is in the 35d in the 40d and 50d?!?)
        I plan on contacting BMWNA to find that exact answer out, actually. It would be nice to get some straight answers.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Those badges on the back of the X5 and X6 look retarded. Looks like a run on sentence.
      1. FLYING X5's Avatar
        FLYING X5 -
        First Mod: De-badged the run on sentence...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        World premiere, is first time in the world. Somewhere in the world, not everywhere in the world.
        Exactly.

        They didn't use the term worldwide. As in, worldwide bull$#@! this isn't available everywhere.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by FLYING X5 Click here to enlarge
        I really don't understand... Maybe one of you guys can explain it...

        BMW can't get past US regulations on Diesels, Hence they won't release the 40d and now the "M" diesel line in the North American Market

        Ford has the F-450 Diesel (6.7l 8cyl Turbodiesel) with 400 hp @ 2800 rpm and 800 lb tq @ 1600 rpm's.
        RAM has the 3500 (6.7l inline 6) with 350 hp @ 3000 rpm and 650 lb tq @ 1500 rpm's.

        So my question is: IF Ford and Ram can meet the standards with these MASSIVE engines, why can't BMW?
        (I know they use a DEF formula to meet the standards, much like all the other diesels in the states, so why can't BMW use the same thing that is in the 35d in the 40d and 50d?!?)
        This is going to sound so stupid that you might think I'm joking. I assure you, I am not. In the US, pickup trucks like those are in the same class as 18 wheel actual trucks so they are basically unregulated.

        Also, a bigger truck that can tow more is allowed to pollute more and use more fuel, so it becomes even easier to pass regulations if you simply make your truck bigger and give it an even bigger engine.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        As for the new M Performance vehicles, I'm hoping it means M can expand in both directions. As of now, M cars are bought by enthusiasts (who then complain that they are too luxurious) and badge snobs who just want to show off (who then complain that they are too sporty).

        Ideally, the badge snobs can have their M Performance cars which have upgraded suspension/chassis and exclusive engines and all that and then the actual M cars can become a little more sporty and performance-oriented. The sad truth is only a tiny fraction of M3s are driven by young people who are true drivers, at least half of the M3s I see are driven by soccer moms or old men and another 1/4 of them are driven by jackasses who simply wanted the most expensive and exclusive 3 series.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        Also, a bigger truck that can tow more is allowed to pollute more and use more fuel, so it becomes even easier to pass regulations if you simply make your truck bigger and give it an even bigger engine.
        That is an idiotic way to regulate diesels.