One of the higlights of the BMW stand at the annual Geneva Motor Show are the BMW M Performance Automobiles. The two models discussed in this post are the BMW X6 M50d and X5 M50d, Diesel-powered M Performance SUVs, but only one is displayed at the Geneva stand, the X6 M50d.

The most noticeable part of the two cars is the 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with three turbochargers, a maximum output of 381hp at 4,000-4,400rpm and peak torque of 740Nm at 2,000-3,000rpm. The redline is at 5,400rpm.

The engine is linked to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission with enhanced gearshift dynamics and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The BMW X5 M50d accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, the BMW X6 M50d in just 5.3 seconds. The top speed of both is an electronically limited 250km/h.

Geneva Motor Show 2012

The BMX X5 M50d rides on 19 inch (BMW X6 M50d: 20 inch) M light-alloy wheels. 20 inch light-alloy wheels in Ferric Grey can be chosen as an option, plus Ferric Grey metallic exterior mirror caps and air intake bars. Both are fitted standard with air suspension on the rear axle and self-levelling. Adaptive Drive is standard on the BMW X6 M50d and available as an option for the BMW X5 M50d. M model lettering is found on the door sills and boot lid. There is also M Performance badge in the instrument cluster and engine cover.

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