New Bmw M high-performance vehicles to feature turbocharged direct-injection powerplants

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Strict worldwide standards for emissions and towering production costs in Germany are the reasons for Bmw's decision to change from high-revving, naturally aspirated powerplants in its M high-performance vehicles to turbocharged direct-injection powerplants, starting sooner as 2009.

The shift, which could totally change the traits of Bmw M versions, puts question marks over the immediate prospect of the M3's 4.0-liter V8 and the M5's 5.0-liter V10. According to high-ranking Bmw sources, both powerplants provide a way for forced-induction engines in the future.

The X6 xDrive M is the first M vehicle to make the move to the new turbo engines, which will confront the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and the Porsche Cayenne GTS.

Scheduled to display next June, the X6 xDrive M will be the primary model to utilize Bmw M's new twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This engine, which is going to be available late in 2010, is also allocated for the next-generation M5. 

Patterned after the 4.4-liter 90-degree V8 engine of the typical X6 xDrive 5.0i, the latest twin-turbo motor is asserted to match the latest M5's naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V10 engine for energy at 500 hp, while providing torque level as much as 516 lb-ft.

This is sufficient to give the M-powered X6 with an acceleration rate of 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 5 seconds and a 155 mph (250 km/h) ceiling speed.

AutoWeek was informed by a senior Bmw M official: "In terms of overall performance, the new engine doesn't give anything away to the powerplant we run now, but it delivers much better consumption and lower emissions."

Topics: bmw, sports car, engine

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