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BMW M550dX high performance triple turbo diesel on the way?

August 11, 2011

Judging by an image of a recent brake pad supplier form from inside BMW facilities, it appears the German company is planning on bringing out a BMW M550dX diesel. Doesn’t sound too interesting right? Well, how about if we told you it would feature a triple-turbo diesel 3.0-litre engine. The M550dX, as the name suggests, will also likely feature an M Sport performance pack.

(BMW 535d M Sport)

The BMW M550dX is set to feature a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine – also seen in the current BMW 530d and 535d – pumped full of boost by three turbochargers. Power levels are expected to be up around the 300kW mark, while torque is likely to punch well beyond the 600Nm mark – considering the 535d already offers that amount.

Some reports have speculated that the BMW M550dX badge is another name for a BMW M5 diesel, but it is far more likely the variant will simply be available with BMW M Division’s M Sport cosmetic and performance upgrade pack.

This pack, as with other BMW M Sport packs, includes revisions such as sportier suspension, a higher performance wheel and tyre package – both of which will support serious power and torque more effectively – as well as various cosmetic details and a subtle bodykit and M badging.

Taking into account the current BMW 535d is capable of 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds and has a fuel economy rating of 6.1L/100km, a 550d would certainly be exciting stuff.

The triple-turbo diesel engine is said to be getting ready for a 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling. We’ll keep you posted.

As the world adjusts to more environmentally-friendly technologies, it’s good to see the performance market sector is still going to be looked after.

Tell us what you think about a possible BMW M550dX, would you like the idea of a diesel car that can punish 0-100km/h in well under 6.0 seconds while also maintaining a fuel consumption rating of, below, say, 8.0L/100km or even 7.0L/100km?

UPDATE: BMW M550d to feature 280kW tri-turbo diesel

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

  • Jae Mcwhirt

    two words excellent, bravo!