Jan 26th, 2012 by Ross Edwards
All of BMW’s new diesel M vehicles will be powered by a tri-turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 376-hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Of course, because these are diesels, the power is available very low in the rpm range, making for great acceleration. All of the diesel Ms will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
BMW says that the M550d sedan will hit 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, which makes it a very fast car just 4 tenths of a second slower than the M5 sedan to 60. The M550d will go 0-60 in 4.9 seconds, the X6 M50d (above) in 5.3 seconds and the X5 M50d in 5.4 seconds.
Unfortunately, BMW has no plans to bring the diesel M vehicles to the U.S. right now. According to Autoblog, the major hurdle in selling the high-performance oil burners is that BMW would need to significantly change the emissions equipment in order for the vehicle to be legal in all 50 states. Blame California.
Image via Autoblog.