The tri-turbo 3.0-litre diesel BMW M550d will be denied to British buyers until the next-gen 5-series is introduced
29 October 2012

A diesel BMW ‘M5’ will not be offered to British buyers until the next-generation 5-series is launched in about three years’ time.

BMW sources have revealed to Autocar that while the 376bhp, 546lb ft 3.0-litre tri-turbo diesel engine is now offered in the M550d in left-hand drive markets, it can only be mated to all-wheel drive running gear. The current 5-series platform cannot be engineered with all-wheel drive in right-hand-drive form. 

However, the next-generation 5-series will be offered in right-hand drive with four-wheel drive, raising the likelihood of the first diesel car to wear the iconic M badge. 

The platform, currently under development, will also underpin the next 6-series and 7-series. It is expected that the tri-turbo engine will be fitted in both models.

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jer

29 October 2012

Always the bridesmaid.

29 October 2012

Boo not in the uk....

hold on... I live in the vaterland!! Yay Biggrin

... Oh.. I can't afford it.. The missus just told me. Boo ...

29 October 2012

Don't see the point anyway. If you want a performance car you need the petrol version. You only pay more for something less able with a diesel.

 

29 October 2012

Sandy wrote:

Don't see the point anyway. If you want a performance car you need the petrol version. You only pay more for something less able with a diesel.

Oh dear; stand-by for the diesel backlash... <pulls up chair to enjoy the fireworks>

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

29 October 2012

M has lost its soul.

 

29 October 2012

constantly harp on about wonderful German engineering, and they cant even engineer or perhaps be bothered to engineer a car with AWD suitable for the right hand drive market. Nothing wrong with diesel but this just smacks of lack of interest or forward planning. Funny how Audi dont seem to have that problem..

30 October 2012

Citytiger wrote:

constantly harp on about wonderful German engineering, and they cant even engineer or perhaps be bothered to engineer a car with AWD suitable for the right hand drive market. Nothing wrong with diesel but this just smacks of lack of interest or forward planning. Funny how Audi dont seem to have that problem..

Or they sat down, worked out what the engineering change would cost, did some market research among likely buyers, and figured out that sales would be marginal, causing much murmur from beardy types on forums who would never buy these cars new anyway. Audi is very different, because they are designed first and foremost with the front wheels driven. Maybe the whole driving on the left, wheels on the right thing wasnt so clever and should have been switched back when it was easier. And really, given the weather in the UK, the need for 4WD unless you are going off road is negligible.

That said, 4WD is a blessing and the only reason my current car is not an M5 Touring (which is great in its own way) but an RS6. The M550xD Touring would be tasty though... almost all the performance and 4WD happiness and much less pain at the pumps.

30 October 2012

if you can afford to spent this kind of cash on car,what's the reason for going Diesel?, it's not any quicker, it's not going to triple your mpg compared to a Petrol M5, the 4WD may give you minimal advantages, but that's all............

Peter Cavellini.

30 October 2012

Do you remember a year ago when Autocar announced this thing would have 550bhp?!  They said it as if they actually believed it as well...

30 October 2012

If you PREFER the diesel driving experience, then a petrol M5 wont do it for you will it ? People who prefer diesels dont generally start having a go at petrols, so why do the people who prefer petrols always have to start knocking performance diesels ? The petrol M5 is a great example of a performance petrol, the M550d is a great example of a performance diesel. Like petrols ? buy the petrol one. Like diesels ? Buy the diesel one. Simple, end of, no need for diesel-knocking.

 

Anyway, its a load of cr*p that it "can only be mated to all wheel drive running gear", it would be quite easy to build a rear drive only version for the UK, all the other engines in the range can be had with rear or all wheel drive and this engine isnt any different. Its just the twin turbo with an extra turbo in the vee, cant see how thats gonna effect the number of driven wheels.

 

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