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BMW M5 Gets a Diesel Engine

The 2012 M5 with a gasoline engine should hit the U.S. market in the spring of 2012.

The BMW M5 will reportedly get a high-powered diesel engine. “BMW will introduce a new high-performance diesel-powered 5-Series model next spring that will expand the German maker’s vaunted M division … with the triple-turbo V-8 oil-burner set to also be used in a variety of other BMW products, likely including its X-series sport-activity vehicles,” The Detriot Bureau, who first broke the news, reports.

According to the publication, the M5 diesel is likely to get an unusual name: the BMW 550dM or 550dxM for the all-wheel drive version. Autoblog suggests a different name: BMW 550d xDrive M.

But no matter what you call it, the M5 diesel will still pack a punch. The automotive press speculates that the M5 diesel’s 3.0-liter, tri-turbo engine will make about 650 pound-feet of torque, but less horsepower than the current M5’s 560 horsepower. Left Lane News says the M5 diesel should hit the 500-horsepower mark.

Needless to say, test drivers are excited about the M5 diesel. “No luxury automaker has managed to successfully create and sell a diesel-powered performance car before, but given recent advancements in the technology, BMW may be looking to start yet another new trend in the luxury market,” writes Left Lane News.

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