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Surprise, surprise, BMW has released full details for their much anticipated BMW M Performance range which includes four models: M550d xDrive sedan and touring wagon, X5 and X6 M50d.

M Performance vehicles are not planned for the US market!

All models are equipped with the newly developed tri-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine which outputs 381 HP (280 kW / 375 bhp) at 4,000 - 4,400 rpm and maximum torque of 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) at 2,000 - 3,000 rpm. Maximum revs are 5,400 rpm. Thanks to the three turbos working in concert, throttle response is instantaneous. The 0-100 km/h times are as follows:

  • BMW M550d xDrive Sedan: 4.7 seconds
  • BMW M550d xDrive Touring: 4.9 seconds
  • BMW X5 M50d: 5.4 seconds
  • BMW X6 M50d: 5.3 seconds

Hallmark features of the M Performance range include an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, xDrive all-wheel drive, Auto Start-Stop function and M-tuned springs and dampers, bodyshell mounting, engine and transmission mounting.

In addition to M Performance aerodynamic body kits, other M styling touches include metallic grey side mirrors, trapezoidal tailpipes, 19- and 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in V- and double-spoke designs for the M550d and X5/X6 M50d, respectively. M model lettering is found on the door sills, boot lid and, in the case of the X5/X6 M50d, also in the instrument cluster and engine cover with "M Performance" badge.

Interior stylings are found on the gearshift lever with M logo, exclusive Alcantara/Nappa leather M sports seats in Black (X5/X6) or Alcantara/Cloth in Grey Shadow (M550d) with contrast stitching and embossed M logo, M leather steering wheel with shift paddles, BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, interior trim strips in Brushed Aluminium Shadow (X5/X6) or Aluminium Hexagon (X5/X6) and reduced sound deadener to allow the engine soundtrack to be heard more clearly.

The BMW M Performance vehicles make their world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in March with a market launch starting just a few weeks later. The M550d sales begin in Germany on May 12 followed by the X5/X6 M50d on June 16.

Prices in Germany including VAT (19%) are as follows:

  • BMW M550d xDrive: 80,800 EUR
  • BMW M550d xDrive Touring: 83,750 EUR
  • BMW X5 M50d: 82,300 EUR
  • BMW X6 M50d: 85,800 EUR

See press release below more specifications and details.

Gallery: BMW M Performance diesels revealed - M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d [video]

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