BMW Launches Diesel M Performance Tri-Turbo Triplets

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Before we go any further in depth into the BMW M550d, X5 M50d or X6 M50d, just know that all three models will not be coming to North America.

Rumors of a tri-turbo diesel I6 from BMW sounded like a fanboy’s wet dream being propagated as truth, but apparently it’s real. The new 3.0L mill makes 376 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 545 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm. An 8-speed automatic and xDrive AWD put the power down, and the 550d can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. A wagon version of the M550d will be available alongside the X5 and X6 variants. BMW quotes fuel economy figures as high as 36.7 MPG (in US gallons) but didn’t specify if it was city, highway or combined consumption. Check out the press release below for more information.




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.

Engine:


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.

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  • Wallstreet Wallstreet on Jan 27, 2012

    I prefer this torque beast to M5 for daily driving. This beast will probably never reach the shores of NA.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Jan 27, 2012

    "376 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 545 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 to 3,000 rpm" I am pretty sure that there are peterbilt's without that much spec.

  • Wjtinfwb "If I had asked idiot traitors what they wanted, they would have said faster horses".... What they wanted, vs. what they'll actually pay for are clearly two different things. It's not hard to want the vision of EV's the Biden admin sold everyone; inexpensive, fast charging with long-range, charging on every corner, minimal impact on the environment. The government delivered none of that. They threw automakers under the bus at the last minute after many of them made huge investment in tech, plants, R&D. Then Biden and his hapless bunch just walked away, built no charging stations, no support for natural resources and doubled down by stoking the labor fires increasing automakers costs substantially. EV's are absurdly expensive for the utility they provide and time is demonstrating their resale value to be in par with a 80's GM diesel wearing a Yugo badge. Sorry, it's not the consumers job to make a fairy tale come true. Making and selling cars is extraordinarily capital intensive, the automakers aren't throwing good money after bad betting on a senile old man who has delivered on none of his promises and is rapidly making himself irrelevant in the national conversation.
  • Fred As a British Car Fan I liked them, but then I sat in one and changed my mind. I like the unique looks of the newer ones.
  • FreedMike Not much to look at, but these were sweet to drive.
  • EBFlex Ford finally making a good decision although they should shut down their EV operations and investment all together. Why lose that money too?
  • Mike Lol. This is the king of suvs. And its made by GM.Why is everyone trashing it?Top of its its class for a quarter century.
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