BMW to Launch High-Performance Diesel 5 Series

Next spring BMW is reportedly going to introduce a high-performance diesel engine for the 5 Series that is being tuned by BMW’s M division. The fact that the engine is being developed by BMW’s high-performance M division, it does not mean that the diesel will be badged as an M5.

The high-performance diesel will likely get a name similar to the the 1 Series M Coupe, when it’s officially unveiled. According to TheDetroitBureau, it could get a name like 550dM or 550dXM for an all-wheel-drive version.

So what can we expect from the high-performance diesel? It’s being reported that the engine will be the same basic 3.0L diesel that is currently in the BMW lineup, but with some significant changes like a new cylinder head. The engine will also get three turbochargers: one to help with turbo lag and two more turbochargers to give the engine it’s power. The 3.0L diesel will have less horsepower than the 560 horsepower M5, but will get significantly more torque.

The new diesel engine will launch first in the 5 Series, but will most likely make its way under the hood of the X5, X6 and 7 Series.