BMW hasn’t waited very long to introduce the oil burning top of the range variant of the third-gen BMW X5 – pictures and brief specs were available when the F15 X5 was first unveiled in end May 2013. Now we can share with you more hi-res photos of the X5 range-topper, until the X5 M is launched of course.
If you’re the kind that gets off with numbers, you aren’t going to be very excited because things aren’t very different under the hood of the F15 M50d versus the E70 M50d. Peak output is still 381 hp, peak torque is 740 Nm, and the six-cylinder 3.0 litre engine still uses three turbochargers. Power is set to the xDrive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0-100 km/h can be done in 5.3 seconds, down from 5.4 in the E70.
Despite what seems like mega power and torque and a 0-100 km/h acceleration figure of 5.3 seconds, because the M50d is a diesel, the combined fuel consumption rating is just 6.7 litres per 100 km on the EU test cycle, down from 7.5 litres per 100 km on the E70 X5 M50d, so despite the same output numbers, the car is both more fuel efficient and quicker accelerating as well.
BMW will be bringing another kind of X5 to the Frankfurt show, though, the electric kind.