Rumors of BMW M launching a diesel model have been circulating for over a year, and confirmation has finally arrived in the form of not one, not two, but four M-fettled oil-burners, each sporting all-wheel drive and the oft-rumored tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. And before you get excited, none of them are slated for sale in the U.S. – this is a Euro-only affair.

So with that unfortunate fact out of the way, let's get to the details.

The new M models come in the form of the M550d xDrive sedan, M550d xDrive touring, X5 M50d and X6 M50d. Each makes use of a 3.0-liter inline-six common-rail diesel with the aforementioned trio of turbos specifically developed for the M Performance range. Output is rated at 376 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 545 pound-feet of torque available from 2,000 to 3,000 revs. If you're keeping track at home, that's a bump of 80 hp and 103 lb-ft over the 535d and 74 hp and 103 lb-ft more than the 3.0-liter mill fitted to the diesel X5 and X6.

Each model comes equipped with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard xDrive AWD, allowing the M550d sedan to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds – just four tenths of a second off the all-new M5's 0-60 run. You read that right. The M550d Touring hits 60 in 4.9 seconds, with the X5 M50d and X6 M50d passing the mark in 5.4 and 5.3 seconds, respectively. All models are limited to 155 mph and fuel consumption ranges between 6.4 liters/100km and 7.7 liters/100km.

Interestingly, the M-ified diesel 5ers ditch the standard electromechanical steering for a hydraulic system that's derived from the M5, and both the X5 and X6 variants uses systems similar to those on the X5 M and X6 M.

And if you're wondering why we won't see these M diesels here in the States, blame the necessity to reengineer the SCR (selective catalytic reduction) systems to make them comply with emissions standards across the country. We'll be seeing all four live from the Geneva Motor Show in March, but you can get the first batch of details in the press release after the break.
Show full PR text
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.

Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with
M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, aluminium crankcase, three turbochargers (high-pressure, with variable turbine geometry), common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors, maximum injection pressure: 2,200 bar.
Displacement: 2,993 cc,
output: 280 kW/381 hp at 4,000 – 4,400 rpm,
max. torque: 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) at 2,000 – 3 000 rpm,
specific output: 93.6 kW/127.3 hp per litre of displacement.
BMW M Performance models: performance figures, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions:
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.

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah :) it is a stupid world the pipe of a modern diesel stays clean for thousands and thousands of miles but the gas guzzler pipe is sooted just after the first harder push to the paddle I always wondered when they will limit gas soot as they did it with diesel soot
          • 3 Years Ago
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick Don't forget Direct Injection also is hard to upgrade in the aftermarket unlike fuel injectors which can be swapped out for more flow. Once you max out the fuel system of a DI car (barely more power than stock) you're basically stuck until you can get aftermarket DI Jets. Good luck there, they are crazy expensive and almost never provide the spray pattern that the stockers provided so fuel economy goes out the window. I don't want DI on my turbo car. Hell no.
          • 3 Years Ago
          The US limits soot on gas and Diesel cars equally. Europe's regulations are looser on NOx and soot for Diesels than for gas cars. I don't believe you about a Diesel pipe remaining soot free for thousands of miles and a gas car being sooted instantly. Especially since I own a DI gas car and the tailpipe wasn't sooted until I had the car for months. Neither car should be that sooty.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, I guess if that becomes a problem they'll have to put soot traps on gas cars like they do with modern Diesels. I'm sure CARB will monitor this like they do everything else relating to emissions impact.
      • 3 Years Ago
      M550d Touring - YES, PLEASE.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Argh!! I so do want!!! Ever since I traded my Touareg V10 TDI I have been longing for a diesel powered replacement that offers 300+ HP and 500+ ft-lbs of torque but can still deliver fuel economy in the 20's. These specimens would appear to do exactly that. Why can't any of the Germans (or anyone for that matter) offer a diesel engine in the states that actually has some real power?? #Jealous
        • 3 Years Ago
        Try a 335d. I have had one for 2 years now (Sport package equipped), and it's the best car I've ever owned. 425lb/ft of torque NEVER get old!! There are still some 2011's around for can get a great deal of them too, since Americans are still afraid of diesel.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Love the 335d, but I need AWD (do they make them in xDrive?), but I was referring to an SUV/SAV. I have a new S4 and I love it!! Can't touch the 335d in fuel economy but its a touch faster/sportier, has AWD with a torque vectoring diff and a 7 speed DSG.
        • 3 Years Ago
        x5 35d isnt enough for you ??
          • 3 Years Ago
          The 3.0d in all of the XXX35d's is a great engine I'm sure, but for an SAV/SUV its still not quite enough. I'd like mid 5's 0-60 and a quarter mile in the 13's, which I don't think the X5 35d can even get close to - maybe flashed, but not stock. This reason is probably what drove them to release these higher performance varieties.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i wounder if a trailer hitch is even available? If they even left room for it? A X6 with over 500 pd/ft tourque sound be able to pull a boat
      • 3 Years Ago
      People moaning that BMW lost something by doing this are ignoring the history of the Performance Package cars. These cars have different engines, steering, suspension, interior, etc. They're not simply 5 series cars fitted with a different engine. And if you ever played with other performance package cars you'd know those aren't just a few factory mods.
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW is on to something. These are vvvery nice products. Wish they were coming to the states. M550d? X5/6 50d? I used to just like when the names/nomenclature matched the engine displacement. When I saw "M550" I was thinkining at least a 5 liter diesel? Yeah, I know that would be a large displacement diesel. Why 550 and 50, what does it pertain to? M300d and X5/6 30d would have been fine too.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Or 340d using their current nomenclature? 320d ~ 230hp 335d ~ 280hp 340d ~ 375hp ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez BMW. You've got a rocket sled that gets between 30 and 36 miles per gallon on diesel! And you're not bringing to the US because? Yes, I know certification, training, and parts cost, but really...
        • 3 Years Ago
        This car wouldn't score that high on US tests. Look at it this way. CO2 emissions are directly proportional to fuel efficiency and thus inversely proportional to fuel consumption (mpg). A Golf 2.0 TDI (140HP) emits 126g of CO2 per km (manual transmission) on European tests. And a Golf TDI is rated at 34 combined on the US system. The 550d Sedan here emits 165g of CO2 per km. So that means this uses 30% more fuel per km (or mile) than a Golf TDI. That means it will only go 76% as far per gallon of fuel as a Jetta TDI. A Jetta TDI is rated at 34mpg on the US system, so that means this car would be rated at about 26mpg. 26mpg combined is really pretty good for a car of this performance. But it's not 30, and it's definitely not 36 either. That comes out to about $2226 fueling costs per year (going by the EPA figures for the Golf and adding 30%). This is almost identical to the yearly fueling costs for a 535i xDrive, which are $2288. It's noticeably lower than the $3200 per year for a 550i xDrive though. This car is faster than a 535i but not as fast as a 550i. So what market is there for this car in the US? How many people can afford this car and demand better performance than a 535i are willing to spend more than a 535i but don't want to pay the fueling costs of a 550i? Even if we give it the full credit of $1,000 in fuelling saved a year, how long will it take to get your money back versus buying a 550i xDrive? And how soon will you care given even the 550i xDrive is $65K plus options and taxes?
          Randy Cain
          • 3 Years Ago
          The 550i is in the 4.6s 0-60 according to BMW?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think Mazda needs to change their marketing campaign because this sedan is what made 40MPG fun.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course it's not coming here...
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not trying to be sarcastic but I really do miss the days of the old diesel engines, the noise and smoke gave a rugged feel to the car.
      Honest car Blog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a great line-up of diesel engines, too bad the certification process is to expensive and diesel is where it's at future wise, Hybrid may be hip for the new but will still only consist 5% of all car sales.
    • Load More Comments
    Share This Photo X