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BMW M Division Turns To The Dark Side, Produces Triple-Turbo Diesel

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Today even performance cars have to be conscious of the environment of face ridicule by the “green police.” The Porsche 911 is a good example of how things are changing as once upon a time you would struggle for 21MPG, but todays car can achive mid-30s. BMW’s M division are responsible for such beasts as the 1M, M3 and the biblical M5. These petrol burning specimens of German perfection are the purest forms of any BMW. It has been speculated for some time not that these engineers have been working on a series of diesel M cars. Today we see for ourselves what diesel can bring to the performance table.

BMW have launched the M550d xDrive, the X5 M50d and the X6 M50d. Each car receives all wheel drive and a 3.0 litre triple-turbo inline six. The motor produces 376BHP and 545 chassis twisting lb-ft of torque. The diesel M5 will complete a 0-62MPH sprint in just 4.6 seconds making it only 0.4 seconds slower than the petrol model we know and love. The X5 and X6 will do it in 5.4 and 5.3 respectively. Economy is as you would expect from a diesel  and so begs the question, can diesels now be considered viable machines of speed? Well, according to numbers, yes they can…

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