24 February 2004

BMW plans to rewrite diesel performance rules this autumn when it launches the fastest-accelerating diesel engine on the UK market.

The twin-turbo version of the existing 3.0-litre diesel will be first installed in the 5-series, badged 535d allowing it to hit 62mph in a staggering 6.6sec. Power leaps by 54bhp to 272bhp; torque soars by 44lbs ft to 413lbs ft at just 2000rpm.

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