BMW 320d and 520d M Performance Power Kit announced

September 18, 2012

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.

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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.)

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.