• 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.



































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      Comments 28 Comments
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Well, we have an idiotic government. Is this news to you?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        Well, we have an idiotic government. Is this news to you?
        Is regulating diesels really that $#@!ing complicated? I could write regulations that make more sense on a napkin while eating my lunch.
      1. Ronin's Avatar
        Ronin -
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        It's not that it's complicated, Sticky, the problem is they're being paid by the manufacturers of the trucks. As long as lobbying is allowed and companies can use their money to buy influence in government, we're going to have to live with extremely retarded laws that help no one but the corporations themselves.

        The best selling vehicle in the US has been the F150 for quite some time, so if the government really cared about decreasing pollution and fuel consumption they'd look make those pickups and actual trucks a lot more fuel efficient before they started trying to make regular cars a little more efficient. You know what should really be a hybrid? A 40 ton truck. Nobody gives a $#@! about the driving enjoyment or sporty sound of a truck, they could really use the electric torque to get them moving and they use a huge amount of fuel so even a modest increase in their efficiency would help tremendously (especially when you consider how many millions of miles trucks drive) but the problem is truck manufacturers don't want to spend extra money developing and producing trucks.

        The truth is it's in their best interest (and the interest of the oil companies) to dissuade the poulation from realizing how much sense diesel cars make, that's why diesel fuel used to be the cheapest at the pump (because it takes a lot less refining to make it) and now it mysteriously costs more than premium and that's why it's so hard for companies like BMW to bring over these cars. If you want my opinion, I don't think the government should be in charge of deciding what kinds of cars are being made. We don't want your stupid ethanol, we don't want 50mpg pieces of $#@! just take all your legislation and choke on it.

        Not to derail this thread or anything. Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
        It's not that it's complicated, Sticky, the problem is they're being paid by the manufacturers of the trucks. As long as lobbying is allowed and companies can use their money to buy influence in government, we're going to have to live with extremely retarded laws that help no one but the corporations themselves.

        The best selling vehicle in the US has been the F150 for quite some time, so if the government really cared about decreasing pollution and fuel consumption they'd look make those pickups and actual trucks a lot more fuel efficient before they started trying to make regular cars a little more efficient. You know what should really be a hybrid? A 40 ton truck. Nobody gives a $#@! about the driving enjoyment or sporty sound of a truck, they could really use the electric torque to get them moving and they use a huge amount of fuel so even a modest increase in their efficiency would help tremendously (especially when you consider how many millions of miles trucks drive) but the problem is truck manufacturers don't want to spend extra money developing and producing trucks.

        The truth is it's in their best interest (and the interest of the oil companies) to dissuade the poulation from realizing how much sense diesel cars make, that's why diesel fuel used to be the cheapest at the pump (because it takes a lot less refining to make it) and now it mysteriously costs more than premium and that's why it's so hard for companies like BMW to bring over these cars. If you want my opinion, I don't think the government should be in charge of deciding what kinds of cars are being made. We don't want your stupid ethanol, we don't want 50mpg pieces of $#@! just take all your legislation and choke on it.

        Not to derail this thread or anything. Click here to enlarge
        This is all part of the general idea of the thread.

        Good post.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        If i were married and had kids, M550d would be the car i would drive.
      1. FLYING X5's Avatar
        FLYING X5 -
        Has anyone read the http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rul...March_2010.pdf

        Very Interesting Read... Specifically pages 56 - 58.
        Look at Table 27 Emissions Rates Worksheet (Sample) & Tailpipe Emissions Rates (grams per gallon)
        Gas CO2 Emission is: 8,852; SOx: .170
        Diesel CO2 Emission: 10,239; SOx: .096

        A lot of this is way above my head, but it shows that Diesel in some ways in better (besides MPG's) than Gas, and in some respects worse... I know some of the more intelligent members on here can make sense of half the mumbo jumbo the CAFE system entails, and I hope someone can shed light on their report... Read it, if you want... Maybe this will explain why BMW can't release the 40d and 50d's here in the states...
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        @Remonster you nailde it correctly. Ford has been dominating the P'up area for a lot of years with its Diesel and the other to say, They dish out a lot of money so that can stay afloat . Very true in truck nonregulation, but cars pay the price aint that some sheit!!