2012 BMW M5

Rumours are building surrounding BMW’s M-Division and a potential high-performance diesel project. Previously, BMW teasers have suggested that the X6 would be the first diesel powered vehicle to leave the M-Division stable, however, now AutoZeitung claims that Friedrich Nitschke, head of M-Division, has stated it will be the BMW xDrive M550d.

So what would be the specification for the M550d? The German magazine is claiming that M-Division will use a tri-turbo, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing 381hp and 740Nm of torque. These are the same figures that were rumoured for the X6, however, expect this engine to be faster in the saloon 5-Series than expected in the SUV X6.

The main advantage to the diesel unit will be the expected 37.3mpg economy figure.Expect to see something with a high-performance diesel powerplant at the Geneva Motor Show in March alongside the new BMW M6.

[Via MotorAuthority]


  1. This is not a rumor – the 3.0 tri-turbo diesel has been confirmed by BMW at least for X5,X6, 5-Series and 7-series(with no m-badge on the luxury saloon). The engine will always come with AWD because of its massive torque figures.


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