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BMW M550d xDrive 0-250 km/h test by Sport Auto

Only one month since its announcement and Sport Auto's Christian Gebhardt has already gotten hold of the new BMW M550d xDrive sedan. "Torque", "traction" and "awesome" are the three words Gebhardt uses to describe the diesel all-wheel drive M Performance Automobile.

Featuring the newly developed tri-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, the M550d is rated at 381 HP (280 kW / 375 bhp) between 4,000 - 4,400 rpm. But the real eye-popper is the maximum torque figure of 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) available at a relatively low 2,000 - 3,000 rpm. Redline is 5,400 rpm.

The result is a 0-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds making it possibly the fastest diesel sedan on the market. Check out the video to see the speedo/tachometer shot of Gebhardt's 0-250 km/h (155 mph) test.

Starting price in Germany for the M550d xDrive is 80,800 euro. Compared to the BMW M5 which starts at 102,700 euro, the M550d could be a viable alternative for those looking for a little more value and efficiency (6.3L/100km ; 44.8 mpg imp) as well as a less aggressive super sedan image.

The M550d sales begin in Germany on May 12.

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afterace2 afterace2
it will sell like hot cakes.
Feb 23rd, 2012 12:21am
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progressive progressive
6.3L/100km ; 44.8 mpg. Say what! I love this car.
Feb 22nd, 2012 9:34pm
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adz911 adz911
Well I half expected it to be impressive accelerating, but I certainly didn't expect the noise. My God it sounds glorious.
Feb 22nd, 2012 6:36pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
It sounds almost like a S65 AMG, not bad a for a diesel. Propably the best sounding diesel in the world
Feb 22nd, 2012 4:12pm
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GRAVE GRAVE
Ok now BMW should through this engine in the 1 series
Feb 22nd, 2012 2:24pm
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
They won't allow them to destroy the market
Feb 22nd, 2012 3:24pm
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calinvama calinvama
How's he pulling off? Is that launch control or just holding the brake while accelerating ?
Feb 22nd, 2012 1:58pm
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_mc _mc
ready to overtake those audis on a mountain pass, while towing your boat...
Feb 22nd, 2012 12:46pm
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Han Solo Han Solo
This is by far the most attractive Diesel Car yet...pretty darn impressive...I want one...badly
Feb 22nd, 2012 12:10pm
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kimbo kimbo
pretty good, for a diesel.
Feb 22nd, 2012 11:03am
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DTM DTM
That is insane! You can really see that 740Nm working its magic. BMW FTW!!!
Feb 22nd, 2012 9:27am
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
I've also seen a video of 328i on inside line channel on youtube ,, they are doing really impressive job BMW
Feb 22nd, 2012 5:08am
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sideskraper sideskraper
Put it in the 3 series.
Feb 22nd, 2012 4:35am
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mgmt585 mgmt585
This. Is. Gonna. Be. BIG.
Feb 22nd, 2012 3:57am
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
That's impressive!
Feb 22nd, 2012 1:54am
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