2019 BMW X5 M50d - Driven
The all-new, 2019 BMW X5 isn’t so much a new high-riding model in the Bavarian automaker’s range, but more a case of a huge grille with a big SUV attached to it. It is a very proud looking car, the new X5, and BMW really wants you to notice it because it believes it’s great vehicle that should get your attention. You don’t put this big a grille on a car you are not 100 percent confident in and after spending some time with the new X5, in top M50d diesel trim no less, I found little to fault about it. And this comes from a guy who doesn’t really like or understand the need for SUVs (it is my belief that they are a bit pointless and are usually bought to do the same job as a wagon).
I admit that when I picked up the car I wanted to start picking at faults on the quest to reach my predetermined conclusion that you’re better off buying a 5-Series wagon. But you aren’t better off necessarily because the new X5 has a lot to offer - almost car-like handling, strong performance, one of the best six-cylinder engine soundtracks ever, and limo-like passenger room and comfort levels. Plus, BMW says the latest X5 is also the best X5 ever when it comes to going off-road, not that anybody will actually take it off-road, but it’s nice to know it can. I mean it’s an SUV after all, so it should be able to take you off the beaten path whenever you feel like it.
Not this M50d with steel springs, active sway bars, and massive rims, though, as it’s better suited for on-road driving. For the first time, however, BMW is offering models that are more off-road oriented with adjustable air suspension that can increase its ride height and rough ground capability considerably. But boy is that M50d power plant good, especially with the new exhaust resonator that comes online in sport mode - it is probably one of the loudest factory diesels ever made, and I absolutely love it because of this.
Tuner squeezes extra power and torque from BMW M550d xDrive
When driving the latest BMW M550d xDrive you don’t really feel that what it needs is extra power and torque, but that has never stopped tuners from turning things up to eleven. German tuner mcchip-dkr has unlocked more of everything from the quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six, and it now offers two stages of power.
2018 BMW M550d xDrive - Driven
Europeans have enjoyed plenty of fast diesel cars over the last decade, and even in the wake of Dieselgate, manufacturers are still offering fast oil burners which don’t get much faster than the BMW M550d xDrive. The most unique thing about it is its power plant which uses no fewer than four turbochargers on its three-liter straight-six diesel to achieve some remarkable performance numbers.
Being a BMW, it drives with great precision too and even if it’s a bit on the heavy side, agility around bends is not an issue. It has plenty of tech on board to ensure fast driving is not only possible, but also enjoyable and surprisingly frisky - unlike other lesser-powered all-wheel drive diesel BMWs, the M550d’s tail will step out when you stab the throttle on corner exit.
It also stands out alongside lesser 5-Series models, thanks to the standard-fit M Performance aero pack, trunk lid spoiler and massive M brakes with blue calipers; the only other 5-Series which could attract more attention is the mighty M5.
Only available in Europe, the M550d is not the most powerful diesel in the world, but it is by far for its engine displacement. Being a diesel, it’s also considerably more efficient than a gasoline burning performance car with the same output and if you can refrain from driving it like a hooligan (which it kind of edges you to) its large fuel tank means you can cover quite a lot of ground without having to stop.
Photography by Andrei Nedelea
Did BMW Pull a Volkswagen? Police Raid BMW’s Headquarters to Find Out
Ever since Volkswagen got embroiled in the worst automotive scandal in recent memory, other German automakers have found themselves in the crosshairs of regulators looking into whether they were involved in transgressions similar to those that bought VW to its knees. BMW has been the one company that has so far come unscathed by the issue, but that has now changed after German prosecutors in Munich searched the automaker’s headquarters as part of their continuing investigation into these alleged emissions-cheating scandals.
2018 BMW M550d xDrive
The popular BMW 5 Series was redesigned for the 2017 model year, now sporting a fresh, but evolutionary design, a revamped interior, and a brand-new platform that’s lighter and stiffer. Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and several carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, the new 5 Series also gained a range of updated engines, including four- and six-cylinder units. For the 2018 model year, BMW also launched new M550d versions for both the sedan and Touring wagon models.
Unique in this segment, the M550d is the range-topping variant of the diesel lineup, and although it’s not a proper M5, it has the exact same role on the market. It’s also an already established nameplate, having been introduced in early 2012 alongside other similar versions. Essentially, the only model that doesn’t have a competitor from Mercedes-Benz and Audi yet, the M550d comes with a major drawback, being sold on the European market only. However, its performance is outstanding given the diesel drivetrain, and it’s your only option if you want the torque and fuel economy of an oil burner, but the acceleration and dynamics of a gasoline vehicle.
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2016 BMW 320d Celebration Edition "Style Edge"
BMW has picked the BMW 320d to create the third installment of its 100th-anniversary celebration. This time around, there will be 200 examples of the 320d and 200 examples of the 320 Touring built with a few exclusive exterior features and special interior appointments. Best of all, the two models will be equipped with BMW’s next-gen B47, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, clean diesel engine and a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The model is set to go on sale on May 28th in Japan and is expected to be sold in a short period of time.
With a Japan launch, obviously those of us in Europe or the U.S. will probably never get to lay eyes on one, but it’s at least worth knowing about. As expected, the 320d Style Edge 3 models get some M Sport love and a little bit of attention from BMW Individual too. Pricing for both models tips in between $50,000 and $55,000, which will be about $10,000 more than their standard-model counterparts.
So, coming in at a $10,000 premium, the Style Edge models must be pretty special, right? Well, let’s take a look at what BMW did with them to make them worth being part of its 100th anniversary.
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2017 BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive
Up until now, getting a diesel-powered BMW 7 Series meant you had to go for 730 or 740 model variants, but now BMW is adding a diesel powertrain to the 750 with the BMW 750d xDrive and BMW 750Ld xDrive. So not only do you have the choice between the normal and long-wheelbase 750, but you also get a brand new diesel engine that BMW claims to be the “world’s most powerful six-cylinder diesel engine.”
Back in July of last year, it was announced that BMW was considering a Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine, then just a few weeks ago, BMW unveiled its newest piece of engine evolution that sure did feature a total of four turbochargers. According to BMW, the new quad-turbo diesel engine offers a five-percent increase in horsepower and an 11-percent reduction in emissions output. We’ve known for a while that the engines first tour of service would be in the 750, but we didn’t know it would happen so quickly.
The 7 Series entered its sixth generation for the 2016 model year and was based on BMW’s modular CLAR platform – a platform that was focused on weight reduction and structural strength. As such, the car was redesigned from the ground up with a new Carbon Core passenger cell, a 50/50 weight distribution, and a whole new, sporty look. Here in the U.S. we only get gasoline-powered versions of the 740i and 750i, and sadly, the new 750d and 750Ld aren’t slated to cross the Atlantic either. Be that as it may, we decided to take a closer look at it anyway, so keep reading to learn more about the new 750Ld and 750d models.
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BMW Unveils Quad-Turbo Diesel Engine
While most U.S. buyers continue to stay away from diesel engines — and that’s not likely to change anytime soon due to last year’s "Dieselgate" scandal — the oil burner remains a popular choice in Europe, where cars running on this fuel make up about 50 percent of the market (compared to only three percent in North America). All mainstream automakers offer at least one diesel option nowadays, while premium manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi provide performance-oriented, yet still efficient oil burners. BMW, for instance, used to offer a massive 4.4-liter V-8 in the E65 7 Series before switching to the tri-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six in the F01 generation. Now, the tri-turbo is being retired to make room for brand-new diesel that has four turbochargers.
Set to make its debut in the 750d xDrive model that previously used the tri-turbo, the new quad-turbo oil burner cranks out 394 horsepower form 4,000 rpm and a whopping 561 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 rpm. That’s an impressive 79 horses and 61 pound-feet more than the 3.0-liter six-cylinder in the 740d and an 18-horsepower and 15-pound-feet increase over the previous-generation 750d. Performance is also impressive, with the upcoming 750d expected to hit 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds, a benchmark that makes it only two tenths slower than the V-8-powered, gasoline 750i xDrive model.
More powerful than any other diesel developed by BMW thus far, the new quad-turbo unit is also more fuel efficient. BMW doesn’t give specific numbers, but claims that fuel consumption has been reduced by five percent. The new diesel engine will mate to the same eight-speed automatic available across the entire 7 Series lineup. No word on pricing yet, but we’ll be back with info as soon as BMW spills the beans.
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2016 BMW 5 Series Baron Edition
If you haven’t noticed, auto manufacturers are practically breaking their necks to release special edition models. It seems like there have already been a ton in the first four months of 2016. Last year BMW released the 5 Series Maestro as a Japan-only special edition, and now BMW is jumping on that wagon again with the BMW 5 Series Baron Edition, a model it claims is “for the real gentleman” and will only be available on the Japanese market.
The special edition is based on the BMW 523d sedan and includes just a few goodies that make it stand out from the standard model. But, don’t get too excited, because just about everything included on the special edition can be optioned on the standard 523d, so there really isn’t anything new to discuss as far as offerings go. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise you much, considering terms like “special edition” and “limited edition” are thrown around pretty loosely these days.
With that said, BMW will start taking orders for the “real gentleman’s car” on April 23rd, and just 200 examples will be sold before the mold is broken. So, why don’t we take a closer look at it before it officially goes on sale and see if there is anything to be excited about.
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If you’re a fan of diesel performance, then BMW’s current Tri-turbo diesel has been on your radar. You can’t really hate an Inline, 3.0-liter diesel that puts out 381 horsepower and 546 pound-feet of torque. By using the combination of different sized turbochargers and precise timing, BMW was able to reduce turbo lag enough to provide instant throttle response and acceleration. If that wasn’t good enough for you, just wait until you hear the rumor about BMW’s next diesel engine.
Rumor has it that the next diesel powered, 3.0-liter engine will produce somewhere between 390 and 400 horsepower. We aren’t sure how similar it will be, or if it will share any parts with the current 3.0, but our sources have indicated that it will have a total of four turbochargers. There are a couple different ways the engine could be configured. We could see a small, electric turbo and three other turbos – each stepped up in size and boost output. The other option would be to use four conventional, exhaust-driven turbos timed to operate in the same fashion as the current 3.0-liter. BMW has yet to provide any specifics on the engine, but we’ve been led to believe that it will debut in the 2016 BMW 750d.
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Diesel has had a hard time catching on in the world. It’s not that it isn’t fantastically efficient, or doesn’t offer stellar performance potential. Ask Gale Banks or Wayne Gerdes (both world record holders in top speed and fuel economy) about diesel’s performance potential. But the simple fact is that frugal isn’t sexy, and sex sells cars. Cars sell on big, loud and stupid awesome as much as anything else — and BMW at least seems to be slowly adapting to that reality.
The 3 Series has long been a Bimmer staple, and diesel models have been favored by those who want BMW chassis dynamics but care more about fuel economy than straight-line performance. The last 320d certainly did provide some of the best of both worlds, but it still wasn’t quite enough to take advantage of the carbon taxation incentives offered in the civilized world. A of couple years ago, BMW upped its efficiency game with the 320 EfficientDynamics package, which used a combination of efficiency refinements to drop the 320d down a tax bracket.
But in spite of saving the average European driver a whopping $87 a month in taxes alone, the 320d ED failed to impress in the sex appeal department. No more, though. As with most of life’s problems, this one proved easy to solve with little more than the addition of a snazzy body kit.
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If technological progress can be measured in the number of turbochargers attached to an engine, BMW is doing an amazing job. Already one of the only manufacturers to offer an engine with three turbos, BMW has now announced that it will evolve this concept into a new quad-turbo diesel, which will first see service in the upcoming 2016 750d. Quad-turbo engines certainly aren’t new, Bugatti had a quad turbo production car all the way back in 1991, but BMW is going to be putting four turbos on a six-cylinder engine, and that kind of turbo-to-cylinder ratio is pretty unusual.
BMW hasn’t released any numbers for the engine, which will be designated the B57 TOP, but it isn’t too likely that it will offer a huge horsepower advantage over the current tri-turbo configuration. Expect somewhere around 408 horsepower and about 590 pound feet of torque, not a huge amount for a car the size of a 7 Series, but certainly adequate, and it should deliver a reasonable return as far as fuel economy goes. The turbos are likely there to make the engine more responsive, and to widen the torque curve.
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Considering how many supercars, hypercars and sometimes outright race cars Chris Harris features on this web show, this review of a thoroughly mainstream diesel BMW 3 Series almost seems strange. Of course, he’s only reviewing it because he was in one anyway on his way to the Nurburgring to drive an Aston Martin racer, so you needn’t worry that Harris’s YouTube channel is suddenly going to turn into a Consumer Reports clone. And truthfully, this is probably a very useful video for a lot of Americans to see. Diesel is something they’re pretty used to in Europe at this point, and although it wasn’t very popular in the U.S. for a long time, diesel car sales have been picking up over the last few years, and a lot of Americans are curious about how they compare to gasoline-powered cars.
Even though this review isn’t tailored toward Americans particularly, it is still a good source of information on all of the usual topics one expects when wondering if switching to diesel is a good idea. These mainly boil down to addressing how significant the differences in fuel economy and power are.
The BMW X6 has been blurring the lines of SUV and sports car since its introduction in 2008. Things got even more strange when BMW threw a diesel engine under its hood and slapped an M badge on the side. Yes, BMW makes a diesel-powered M product. Unfortunately for those in the United States, the X6 M50d has been unobtainable. That trend sadly continues as the X6 rolls into its second generation for 2015.
The X6 can thank its second-generation upgrade to the X5, the SUV on which it’s based and shares much of its platform. For 2014, the X5 received a healthy makeover, including slightly larger dimensions for increased interior volume, a revised exterior, and a fresh interior.
The standard 2015 X6 is destined to arrive on U.S. shores likely sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014. While the M50d will be missing from our BMW lineup, our friends overseas will get to enjoy its torque-rich oil-burner. The M50d sports a straight-six construction displacing 3.0-liters and spooled up by two turbochargers. With an output of 381 horsepower and a tire-shredding 546 pound-feet of torque, the X6 M50d sprints to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Even with all that power, the 3.0-liter, I-6 diesel still sips fuel like a Prius. On the European test cycle, the SUV returns a highly-respectable 42.8 mpg! Let that soak in while you click past the jump.
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The sales market of executive limousines has been slowly increasing over the last several years. These extra-long sedans provide unsurpassed comfort, technology and refinement. Formerly the sole domain of rear-wheel drive German sedans with huge cylinder counts, the market has seen quite a shakeup over the last few years. Hyundai is trying to steal sales with the Equus, and companies like Audi have released more fuel efficient, diesel-powered versions of its A8L, and nearly every competitor now offers an AWD variant.
BMW is looking to take eyes away from the competition with its own fuel-efficient, all-weather model. The newly announced 740Ld xDrive combines a fuel-sipping diesel engine with the xDrive AWD system and crams it all under the sheetmetal of BMW’s biggest car.
Is this the winning combination that BMW needs to keep from hemorrhaging buyers to competitors like Hyundai, Jaguar and Audi? We have all the details below to help you decide for yourself.
Back when we first received details on the new X5 M50d, they were all still in their preliminary phase, and now BMW has finally unveiled all of the official information on its resident diesel crossover.
As no surprise, this diesel X5 will be offered with the same upgrades as the standard X5, including a new front and rear fascia, a new set of headlights and an updated interior.
The new X5 M50d will also carry a three-stage turbocharged 3.0-liter powerplant that is set to send plenty of horsepower and amazing torque through an eight-speed automatic box and out to all four wheels. This accounts for a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of under 6 seconds and fuel economy that will blow the doors off of many gasoline-powered economy cars.
The bad news is that to date, there is no mention of the new BMW X5 M50d coming to the U.S. market, hence it being a 2013 model year instead of a 2014.
Update 8/30/2013: BMW has revealed all of the specifics on the new X5 M50d. You can read all of the details after the jump.
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A dyno, a laptop and a dream: the BBM Motorsport upgrade for the E91 generation of BMW 3 Series brings an extra 251 pound-feet of torque with a simple induction, exhaust and ECU re-flash. Yep, this 330d has 635 pound-feet of torque to go with its appealing red foil wrap and 19-inch BBS alloys.
BBM Motorsport’s impressive project really shows the scope of tasteful performance modifications to this generation of BMW 3 Series wagons. From looking like it probably has melted candy in the leather seats, to now looking at home making sparks on the Nordschleife and racing RS6 Avants on the autobahn until the tires or nerves call it quits.
This revamp is pretty cost effective as well, with BBM offering component sales for guys who might only be able to afford one upgrade at a time. The LED lights and matte wrap might be eye-catching, but the real gold comes from 30 minutes of ‘hotsynching’ to the BMW’s OBDII port.
A more effective ECU re-flash is hard to recall, but as we all know, tuners are not quite OEM in their durability and long-term reliability testing. Does the BBM kit push the limits of this excellent BMW turbo-diesel engine too high?
Despite sounding like a tractor or school bus to American ears, there is actually much more soulful inline-six bellow from the BBM upgrades. Bellows are the last thing you hear before your head meets the seat when the torque comes in a knockout punch.
Click past the jump for the full image gallery and details on the BMW E91 330d Touring by BBM Motorsport’s performance and style upgrades.
BMW expanded its U.S. 3-Series lineup with the addition of a new, diesel-powered version. This model, called the 328d, made its world debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27th and hits showrooms in the fall of 2013.
The new 328d sedan is joined by the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon. As with all the other models in the 3 Series lineup, buyers can order the new 328d in Luxury, Sport and Modern Lines, or with the M Sport package.
The 328d comes fitted with a four-cylinder diesel engine and buyers can opt for either rear-wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive. BMW reports that once the EPA gets around to testing the 328d that it will deliver about 45 mpg. Beyond the diesel engine and a few badges, everything else is shared with the rest of the 3 Series lineup.
Updated 08/01/2013: BMW announced prices for the 2014 328d that will go on sale later this fall at a base price of $38,600.
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Diesel models are quite a hit in Europe, but in the U.S. market, they have only just begun to gain momentum because people are still learning about them. Despite the relative novelty, it looks like BMW is preparing a diesel invasion in the U.S. market with no less than six new diesel models set to debut by 2014.
Back in June 2012, it was reported that BMW was planning to offer a diesel 7-Series to its U.S. customers, but apparently this won’t be the only model. Next to it, we will also get a 3-Series sedan in the first half of 2013 and a station wagon in the second half. A 5-Series diesel will arrive in the third quarter of 2013 and the X5d at the end of 2013. The 7-Series will be the first diesel to arrive in the first half of 2014 and it will be followed by a X3d.
In terms of powerplants, the 3-Series will likely use the new 130-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine, while the rest of BMW’s diesel lineup will get a six-cylinder diesel engine.
After providing an extensive tuning package for the 3-Series sedan, AC Schnitzer has moved on to its station wagon sibling to provide similar upgrades. Their new package for the BMW 3-Series Touring improves upon the exterior and interior look of the vehicle, as well as its power output.
The exterior upgrades include a new front spoiler, a chrome front grille, a rear roof spoiler, and a rear skirt. There is also a wide variety of wheels to choose from, ranging from 18" to 20" and different designs and colors. The interior combines aluminum elements with a very cool Black Line package.
The full line of engines for the 3-Series Touring was updated, providing an increase minimum of 28 HP. The 318d now delivers 171 HP, up from 143 HP; the 320d produces 218 HP, up from 184 HP; the 328i delivers 294 HP, up from 245; and the 335i pushes 360 HP, up from 306 HP. These updates were achieved with the addition of a sports rear silencer and a new exhaust system. There is also a new suspension spring kit combined with a lower suspension to bring the car closer to the ground by 25 mm.
BMW has been working on a 3-cylinder variant of its Twin-Power engines for quite a while now and we have all been a little skeptical on a BMW 3-banger. Rightfully so, we must say, as the only 3-cylinder engine that really sticks in our minds is the 60-something horsepower over-sized paperweight that GM used in the Metro many years ago. If you owned one of these, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
Then again, this is BMW we’re talking about and this is the era of low-displacement-high-horsepower engines, so our hopes remain high for this Bimmer 3-pot. Well, we can finally put to rest part of the mystery behind this new engine, as BMW has just released some basic info on this line of engines.
BMW plans to release the 3-cylinder models in both gasoline and diesel power and the lineup will begin with the 1.5-liter unit that we expect to see in the Concept Active Tourer. These engines will all boast BMW’s now-famed Twin-Power technology, which introduces the power of twin turbochargers with only one twin-scroll blower.
Per the report, these 3-cylinder engines will boast between 120 horsepower and 220 horsepower, the latter we expect to see in the upcoming i8, and between 133 and 177 pound-feet of torque when being fed gasoline. The diesel variants will feature between 80 and 180 horsepower, and 165 and 243 pound-feet of torque. From what we are seeing here, these engines will be very impressive from top to bottom; even the 80-horsepower diesel will feature a high level of torque to get it moving.
One thing that may concern buyers is the cost of producing these engines, but BMW is countering this by engineering them so like-fueled engines share 60 percent of their components and even the gas and diesel models share 40 percent of their components with one another. This helps lower the cost of production, thereby lowering the engine’s impact on your wallet.
Another part that will lighten the load on your wallet is these engines’ fuel economy, but BMW has yet to release that information. We’ll keep an eye out for that.
TV buffs get the Emmys, movie buffs get the Oscars, and music lovers get the Grammys; so, where does that leave us gearheads? Well, the International Engine of the Year Awards, of course, and the 2012 results are hot off the press!
Ford took home the top prize of International Engine of the Year, with its 999 cc engine found in the European Focus. This engine, despite its petite size, cranks out 125 PS (123 horsepower) and manages to squeeze out 56.5 mpg. The 1.0-liter engine didn’t win a close battle either, it took home top honors by a full 113 points. Points are accumulated based on fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and drivability and each engine can only receive 15 of each voter’s total 25 points to give. Needless to say, that was quite a landslide victory.
That’s not the biggest news though, as BMW brought home top honors in four different categories. Bimmer took home the 1.4- to 1.8-liter prize with its 181-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine found in the MINI Cooper S. In the 1.8- to 2.0-liter class, BMW took first prize with its 241-horsepower, 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged four-pot. In the 2.5-liter to 3.0-liter class, BMW wrapped up top honors with its bi-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and its 335 horsepower. Last, but certainly not least, BMW took home 1st place in the 3.0- to 4.0-liter class with its 414-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-8 engine.
Despite all of the accolades, the highest mark that BMW achieved in the Engine of the Year award was 5th place, with its 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-banger.
Click past the jump to see all of the results of each class.