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BMW M550d Sedan and Touring Introduced

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BMW has recently confirmed rumors of a wider M range and now the company is finally releasing its new goodies: M-badged oil burners. The carmaker has fitted a new 3.0-liter tri-turbo six-cylinder diesel, as well as xDrive, to four of its models: the 5 Series sedan, the 5-Series touring, the X5 and the X6. For this piece of news, we’ll focus on the first two, The M550d xDrive sedan and the M550d xDrive touring, which are also the fastest of the lot.

Under the hood, we find a 3.0-liter straight six, which has received three turbines that allow it to deliver 376 hp at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 740 Nm (546 lb-ft), which is offered between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. The German engineers promise that this forced induction setup not only offers more power,. but also an instant throttle response.

The engine is matted to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and sends its power to the road via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The result of all that power and torque are 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) times of 4.7 seconds (sedan) and 4.9 seconds (touring). We’ll remind you that the 560 hp & 678 Nm (500 lb-ft) BMW M5 needs 4.4 seconds for the same job, so these times are jaw-dropping.

The sedan needs 6.3 liters of diesel to cover 100 km (37.3 US mpg), while the touring has to be offered 6.4 liters (36.7 US mpg) of oil for the same job, with both offering an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

While the SUVs borrow their steering systems from the petrol M models, both versions of the 5-Series borrow a hybrdaulic steering system, which is based on that used for the M5.

The new BMW M Performance vehicles (they’re marketed under this brand, not as M cars in the “classic” sense) are schedule to make their debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March. The M diesels will not be brought to the US - their European marker launch is set to take place soon after the aforementioned event ends.

The M550 xDrive will come with a price of EUR 80,800, while the Touring version will set you back EUR83,750 (the prices are set for the German market and include 19 percent VAT).
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