Rumor: BMW 550dXM coming in spring 2012

Article by Christian A., on August 18, 2011

Next spring, BMW will expand the vaunted M division with the addition of a new high-performance diesel-powered 5-Series model, according to a report by TheDetroitBureau.

This triple-turbo V-8 oil-burner set will be used in various other BMW vehicles such as the X-series sport-activity models. Sources confirmed plans of a diesel M to TheDetroitBureau.com and gave details of how BMW plans to tap into the potential of the high-mileage technology.

BMW aims to utilize different new technologies, including the triple-turbocharging system that’s designed to eliminate turbo lag.

It’s likely that the new model will receive the uncommon designation of either BMW 550dM or 550dXM, which refers to its all-wheel-drive system.

This is a rare occurrence as most models that are built by BMW’s sub-brand bear the vaunted “M”. The alternative nomenclature would be for this unusual powertrain to be reflected under the hood of the 5-Series BMW.

A small turbo will be used by the 3.0-liter straight-six diesel to immediately increase boost for launch as two larger twin-scroll turbochargers will then spool up for a better speed performance.

The basic engine is similar to the existing BMW 3.0-liter diesel but it will receive major tweaks, such as a new cylinder head. It will use various advanced technologies such as direct injection and BMW’s Valvetronic system that are meant to maximize the function of intake and exhaust engine valves.

Sources say that the 550dM will have lower output than the 560hp new gas-powered BMW M5. It’s expected to range from 500 to 550 hp. Torque is expected to surpass the new M5’s 500 lb-ft and may be even higher than 650 lb-ft. A senior BMW official said that the model will have to be all-wheel-drive “otherwise you’ll be spinning your tires all day.”

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

In case you missed it, Ferrari is joining the world of crossovers. As SUV and crossovers continue to rule the demand in the automotive world, the Italian sports car maker...
by - November 13, 2018
McLaren has already commenced the production of the McLaren Senna sports car this year. On the other hand, Aston Martin will start building the much-anticipated Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar in...
by - November 13, 2018
Volkswagen is introducing its smallest sports utility vehicle so far, this further expanding its SUV lineup. With the new and tiny Volkswagen T-Cross, the German carmaker is taking advantage of...
by - November 9, 2018
Here is good news for those who were lucky enough to place an order for the only 10 exclusive examples of the Apollo IE hypercar. Apollo Automobil, in collaboration with...
by - November 8, 2018
SEAT SA is commencing production of an all-new car at its Martorell facilities in Spain. However, its plant won't be assembling a new SEAT car. The Spanish carmaker is now...
by - November 8, 2018