Okay go-fast fanatics, BMW has finally confirmed in an official press release that it plans on launching M diesel versions for a number of its models, but sadly will not make it stateside, remaining a strictly international affair.
With that downer out of the way get ready for a barrage of numbers. Receiving the M and D treatment is the M550d XDrive sedan, M550d xDrive touring, X5 M50d, and successful love-it-or-hate-it Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW X6 M50d.
Each of the new diesel M versions will display engineered optimization with, as BMW puts it, “harmonious interplay of powertrain, chassis technology, and design features typical of M models.” The new M diesels will also utilize a 3.0-liter inline-six common-rail diesel with added triple turbochargers that will be capable of outputting 376 horsepower and 545 pounds-feet of torque.
In addition, each model will feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox as well as standard xDrive all-wheel-drive with each car being capped at 155 mph. One of the more standout figures collected from BMW is the new M5’s sprint speed of 0-62 in 5.4 seconds, just a tenth of a second longer than its X6 cousin.
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