Propulsion comes courtesy of a tri-turbo 3.0-litre unit which develops 280 kW (381 hp) and 740 Nm of torque, with power transferred to the road via an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Performance is impressive with 100 km/h happening in 5.3 seconds, while the engine, which is now EU6 compliant and around 10 percent more efficient than its predecessor, needs an average of 6.7 litres every 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 177 g/km.
Although not technically a full-on M vehicle, the M50d was created by BMW M GmbH and features its brilliant Adaptive M suspension and dynamic damper control, with Dynamic Performance Control and Dynamic Drive active roll stabilization available as an optional extra.
Visually the M50d wears a new aerodynamic body package and rolls on a set of 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in a five-double-spoke design.
European deliveries begin in the middle of November, with BMW saying it has no immediate plans to sell the vehicle in the States.