wagonfanatic New Reader
Jan. 26, 2012 2:53 p.m.

BMW just unveiled a new, tri-turbo diesel M-division wagon

http://velocityresource.com/BMWM550dxDriveTouring.aspx

I'm obsessed....just can't help myself. There is just something about a high-performance, diesel wagon that makes all kinds of sense.

Has anyone seen a diesel BMW swap in the US? I wish I could do this to my E46...

chuckles Reader
Jan. 26, 2012 3:46 p.m.

Whoa! Yes, indeed. Perhaps it will be affordable.

jrw1621 SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 3:47 p.m.

If it is rated for towing 5,000 lbs while getting 25 mpg it could be perfect.

dyintorace SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 3:50 p.m.

WOW! Wagon lust for sure.

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:00 p.m.
jrw1621 wrote: If it is rated for towing 5,000 lbs while getting 25 mpg it could be perfect.

Are you really in the market for an M car?

I like it. Not in white, but I like it. Although ///M550d is one hell of a long and ugly moniker.

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:01 p.m.
chuckles wrote: Whoa! Yes, indeed. Perhaps it will be affordable.

Depends, is the move to Europe considered part of the cost of the car? Not for the US

jrw1621 wrote: If it is rated for towing 5,000 lbs while getting 25 mpg it could be perfect.

Are you really in the market for an M car?

I like it. Not in white, but I like it. Although ///M550d is one hell of a long and ugly moniker.

nderwater SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:06 p.m.

I really like the new 5er. They're not importing them, but a new diesel wagon would be an awesome replacement for my wife's E39. This M car, though... I'm pretty sure I could could buy a nice Ferrari 360 for less.

Javelin SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:08 p.m.
Keith wrote: Although ///M550d is one hell of a long and ugly moniker.

As opposed to the Mazda Mazda3 Sport SkyActiv or the Mazda MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hardtop or the Mazda MX-5 Miata M-Edition or the Ford Mustang Cobra SVT Shelby GT500 or the Porsche Carrera S4 Targa GTS Black Edition RS 4.0 GT3?

Although I'll concede that all alphanumeric names without an X are stupid. (So AMX and RX7 get a pass, but everything else can suck it).

forzav12 Reader
Jan. 26, 2012 4:18 p.m.

no

oldtin SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:20 p.m.

Pretty - but irrelevant to me until some depreciation kicks in or something spectacularly dramatic happens on the income front.

Jan. 26, 2012 4:25 p.m.

Pretty, but since they aren't for Americans...

JFX001 SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:33 p.m.

I like...and possibly will have one at my Chateau in Cannes.

HiTempguy SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 4:35 p.m.

Needs x-drive with that much torques. I think the triple turbo setup is highly unnecessary though, could you imagine working on it?

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 5:17 p.m.
Javelin wrote:
Keith wrote: Although ///M550d is one hell of a long and ugly moniker.

As opposed to the Mazda Mazda3 Sport SkyActiv or the Mazda MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hardtop or the Mazda MX-5 Miata M-Edition or the Ford Mustang Cobra SVT Shelby GT500 or the Porsche Carrera S4 Targa GTS Black Edition RS 4.0 GT3?

Although I'll concede that all alphanumeric names without an X are stupid. (So AMX and RX7 get a pass, but everything else can suck it).

At least they never put "Mazda MX-5 Miata Power Retractable Hardtop" on the back of the car as one badge

I'm pretty sure you made that last one up. But with the number of special edition 911s, I'm not 100% sure.

I need to look at a plumbing diagram for this engine. Three turbos is an oddball. Twins feeding one big one for high-response compound boost, maybe?

CarKid1989 Dork
Jan. 26, 2012 8:55 p.m.

oh man. wagon, bmw, and awesome all in one. love it

MrJoshua SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 9:06 p.m.
Keith wrote: I need to look at a plumbing diagram for this engine. Three turbos is an oddball. Twins feeding one big one for high-response compound boost, maybe?

Yeah, that would be my guess as well. Will be interesting to see some reviews to know if the Achilles heel of the narrow powerband is beaten with that car. I would expect so if they are willing to call it an M

Taiden SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 9:07 p.m.

Sounds like a camera

Jan. 26, 2012 9:34 p.m.

It will be mine, oh yes it will be mine.

O-62 in 4.9 for the touring 4.7 for the sedan, and in UK numbers 44.1 mpg highway and 44.7 respectively

Oh yeah!

93EXCivic SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 9:39 p.m.

Greatest car ever.... No way in hell.

HiTempguy SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 10:06 p.m.
MrJoshua wrote: Yeah, that would be my guess as well. Will be interesting to see some reviews to know if the Achilles heel of the narrow powerband is beaten with that car. I would expect so if they are willing to call it an M

I would assume this is the same setup they've been developing at Dakar the past couple of years in the X3's and then the new MINI's. Probably lots of reading material available if you are so inclined...

Keith SuperDork
Jan. 26, 2012 10:22 p.m.

Oh, it's a straight six. For some reason I thought it was a V8 like the M5. Now triple turbos make more sense - three small ones will have greater response.

Here, you can see everything in this engine bay shot!

MG Bryan HalfDork
Jan. 26, 2012 10:27 p.m.
Keith wrote: Oh, it's a straight six. For some reason I thought it was a V8 like the M5. Now triple turbos make more sense - three small ones will have greater response.

Everything I've read on it says two smaller turbos and on large one, but, still, it is done that way in the name of responsiveness.

And yes, it's nice to be able to pop the hood and see everything...

mr2peak Reader
Jan. 27, 2012 1:11 a.m.
Keith wrote: Here, you can see everything in this engine bay shot!

Hey now, I feel cheated!

RossD SuperDork
Jan. 27, 2012 7:28 a.m.

My guess would be in the $60-70k.

nderwater SuperDork
Jan. 27, 2012 9:19 a.m.

X5//M starts at $88K

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