BMW Diesel M Car Confirmed (Almost)

BMW seems almost certain to introduce an M-tweaked 5-series diesel within the next 12 months - possibly as soon as the Geneva motor show in March next year.

As we reported last week, there have been whispers for a while that BMW's new tri-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel will be dropped into an M-treated 5-series.

Now, BMW's global marketing manager for M cars, Brian Watts, has all-but-confirmed the car's existence, telling The Detroit Bureau that the project is 'under consideration' but hasn't been confirmed.

That sounds to us like marketing-speak for 'yes, it's coming, but we're not ready to tell you about it yet'.

As for the nitty-gritty of the car, while nothing's confirmed there, we expect a power output in the region of 400bhp, with torque of up to 650lb ft.

This heavy torque output could mean that BMW plumps for four-wheel drive, a theory that is backed up by the M550dX moniker spotted in our previous story.

It's also unlikely to be a 'full-on' M car; BMW knows its market and won't risk compromising the perceived purity of the brand, so expect this to be a halfway-house between a full-on M model and an M Sport spec. And M car purists shouldn't worry too much either - the V8 petrol-powered M5 is still on its way...

So, a four-wheel-drive diesel M car, eh? Sacrilege or a step forward? We'll let you decide that one (and we suspect you'll have a lot to say about it)...

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  • Mermaid 18 Aug 2011

    It was a question of when, not if.....frown

    I suppose this will be like a chipped 535dM.

  • StottyZr 18 Aug 2011

    Step forward in my eyes. It may not seem right, but BMW have to change with the times or they'll get left behind.

  • Laird 18 Aug 2011

    Had to happen I guess.

    I've only seen one petrol F10 since they were launched and that was a JRG 550i SE strangely. Every other new 5er has been a 520d.

    The times they are a changing.

  • Maldini35 18 Aug 2011

    It might not be a real M car but I bet it'll be a bloody good one.

  • minicab 18 Aug 2011

    Put that in the estate version, and you have yourself the perfect vehicle for blasts to winter ski resorts....

    Estate for luggage - tick
    Four wheel drive - tick
    Diesel for economy - tick
    Chassis for mountain roads - tick
    Enough oomph for overtaking - tick

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