BMW has announced it will reveal the M Performance Power Kit for the 2012 BMW 320d and BMW 520d – both of which use the same engine. The option package could soon be available in Australia.
Currently, the BMW 320d and 520d come with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0-10okm/h is taken care of in 7.6 seconds in the 320d and 8.1 seconds in the 520d.
After BMW’s motorsport and performance division at M administers a larger intercooler and an engine computer retune, the efficient diesel produces 147kW of power and 420Nm of torque.
Out on the road, the boost in power means improved acceleration with 0-10okm/h coming up one second quicker than the standard variants.
Despite the hike in performance, fuel economy is untouched. The 320d offers a combined cycle rating of just 4.5L/100km, while the 520d is rated at 4.9L/100km.
Yes, you read correctly, that’s a car capable of 0-100km/h in a dashing 6.6 seconds with the fuel economy of a Toyota Prius… almost (4.4L/100km).
It’s understood BMW Australia is simply waiting for the Australian Design Rules (ADR) to approve the upgrade before it becomes available Down Under.
(The kit is also available on the overseas-only 120d.)