BMW unveils diesel models with M badge
BMW M, the German carmaker’s legendary performance subsidiary, has rolled out four new BMW M models, all set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show soon. However, the interesting news is that the new models are all diesel-powered vehicles, which happens to be the first ones ever to get the “M” treatment.
The new BMW M models are the M550d xDrive sedan, M550d xDrive Touring wagon, the X5 M50d and the X6 M50d, all powered by a tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 common-rail diesel engine, rated at 376 hp at 4,000 rpm and 739 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm. The trio of turbochargers was specifically developed for the M Performance range. Each model is equipped with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and standard xDrive AWD.
The M550d xDrive sedan is the fastest “diesel-powered M” to hit 100 kph, completing the 0-100 kph dash in just 4.6 seconds. The M550d xDrive touring does the 0-100 kph sprint in 4.9 seconds, followed by the X6 M50d and X5 M50d passing the mark in 5.3 seconds and 5.4 seconds respectively. Top speed is limited to 250 kph in all models, while fuel consumption ranges between 6.4 l/100 km and 7.7 l/100 km.
The all-new diesel BMW M models are currently slated for release in the European nations only. These models reaching the UAE, Saudi Arabia and rest of the GCC is highly unlikely.