BMW is closing the gap between its most powerful regular cars and the M GmbH’s ultra high-performance models. Under the “M Performance” moniker, a number of new vehicles will be released soon. Munich is starting out with several powerful diesel models, but gasoline-powered M Performance cars are sure to follow.
We had the chance to sample the M550d xDrive (official info thread) for an 85-mile drive, starting at the M GmbH’s headquarters in Garching near Munich and leading to a nice, Bavarian lunch stop at Gut Sedlbrunn, north of Augsburg.
A first walk around the car reveals the subtle changes which set this M Performance model just slightly apart from the regular 5 series, while keeping a respectful distance to the M5. The M550d xDrive is equipped … CONTINUED
New video animation shows the coordination and interplay between the three turbochargers on the BMW M550d and X5/X6 M50d’s N57S tri-turbo inline 6 cylinder diesel engine.
We’ve posted the full tech specs of the BMW M550d sedan and touring, along with some more details, specs, and power output dyno graph of their TwinPower tri-turbo diesel inline 6-cylinder engines. Check it out inside at our official M550d info thread.
Munich. With its BMW M Performance Automobiles, BMW M GmbH is adding four newly developed models to its product range. These cars come with a significant boost in performance and hallmark M precision in the interplay of the powertrain, chassis and aerodynamics – coupled with unrestricted everyday utility and high levels of efficiency. The BMW M550d xDrive, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d models will have their world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (8 – 18 March 2012). The market launch of the BMW M Performance Automobiles starts just a few weeks later. The BMW M550d xDrive and BMW M550d xDrive Touring models will be available in German showrooms from 12 May 2012, with the BMW X5 M50d and … CONTINUED
An interview with Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, President of BMW M GmbH. In it, he gives review for the successful year 2011 and explains the philosophy behind the new BMW M category of cars: the BMW M Performance Automobiles Range.
We also get the best look yet at the upcoming X6 M50d in LCI/facelifted form.
For months now, there have been signs and clues pointing to the potential release of several M tuned BMW models which will create a new category of models to fill the gap between the standard series cars and their M versions. It’s now just been officially announced by BMW M! See inside for BMW M’s full official announcement.
So what rumored models can we expect to launch this new category of BMWs? The following three rumored models should all come with the criteria just announced by BMW M for its new M Performance cars category — extra power, tuned handling, and M visual enhancements.
There is the M550d, which was first discovered on the label of a new BMW brake pad package (pictured left). The M550d … CONTINUED