Is A Diesel M Car On The Way?

M car? Diesel? Intriguing...
M car? Diesel? Intriguing...
As if certain BMW M Division fans weren't struggling enough at the prospect of a whole range turbocharged M cars, here's another nugget that's going to cause a bit of controversy: it looks as though diesel power could be heading for M cars.

Well, sort of. A document purporting to be a supplier label for brake pads has hit the internet, and appears to list something called an M550dX (in saloon and estate form) among a whole ream of other BMW model nomenclatures.

Now, as far as we're aware, '50d' refers to the new 3.0-litre tri-turbo (yes, you read that right) straight-six diesel that is already certain to be heading for the X6 and BMW 7-series next year and which is expected to be unveiled officially at the Frankfurt show this September.

This unit could produce up to 395bhp (and no doubt a shedload of torque), so perhaps it's only fair that, should it find its way into a 5-series, it would get some M Division recognition. Judging by the badging, this is not going to be a full-house 'M' model, but it does look to us as though it will be a bit more than just an M Sport package.

That little 'x' also intrigues us - because that means four-wheel drive...

So the first diesel M car, then? Well, probably not quite - but the oil-burning M certainly looks to be a step closer.

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  • 0a 16 Jan 2012

    Well if it's so bad and an abuse of the M brand, then I expect to see sales figures of zero then!

  • Nords 12 Aug 2011

    Likes Fast Cars said:
    The world is going crazy - for crying out loud, it has to be a petrol engine if it's an "M"
    Indeed, why not just call them D3 or D5 (or diesel or droning etc..) How about T3 and T5, oh shame volvo got there first with the T(ractor)5...


  • E21_Ross 12 Aug 2011

    Dagnut said:
    St John Smythe said:
    It was a joke. When did it get so serious around here? Is this a rolleyes smily meeting or something? Ah well, might as well join in rolleyes
    hehe

    oh bugger, wrong one rolleyes

  • Dagnut 11 Aug 2011

    St John Smythe said:
    It was a joke. When did it get so serious around here? Is this a rolleyes smily meeting or something? Ah well, might as well join in rolleyes

  • St John Smythe 11 Aug 2011

    Zod said:
    St John Smythe said:
    edo said:
    rolleyes
    Love it. That took all of two minutes for someone to take the bait smile
    So you were trolling? rolleyes
    It was a joke. When did it get so serious around here? Is this a rolleyes smily meeting or something? Ah well, might as well join in rolleyes

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