Car News

BMW Details New M Performance Line

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan
Used 2012 BMW 3 Series
$19,454
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 7 Series
Used 2012 BMW 7 Series
$20,000
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
Used 2012 BMW X5
$15,900
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 5 Series Sedan
Used 2012 BMW 5 Series
$12,000
RELATED READING
See all BMW any articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon
ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Jeffrey Archer January 2012
  • BMW is adding sporty M Performance trim to several models.
  • The line includes subtle revisions and a new diesel engine.
  • For now, the trim is limited to European models.

BMW recently detailed a sporty new "M Performance" line that will be offered on several models later this year. Scheduled to make its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March, the M Performance line will be available with a striking new diesel engine on several of the automaker's European models.

According to BMW, the X5 and X6 SUVs and the midsize 5 Series sedan and wagon will be the first models to receive the M Performance treatment, which includes sporty revisions to each vehicle's exterior, interior, chassis and engine. Despite the upgrades, BMW says the new line stops just short of the all-out "M" treatment, which remains a designation the automaker will reserve for its flagship high-performance vehicles.

Instead, the M Performance models will receive more subtle upgrades. Exterior revisions include sporty new side skirts, aggressive front and rear bumpers, gray painted mirrors, a larger exhaust and unique wheels. Interiors are marked by liberal use of aluminum, grippy sport seats and several appearances of the brand's well-known "M" colors and emblems throughout. Each model also receives subtle chassis adjustments, adding hydraulic steering, firmer sport suspension and torque vectoring, which is designed to improve handling by braking the inside wheels during turns.

But while many upgrades to the M Performance models are likely to fly under the radar, there's nothing subtle about the line's new diesel engine. Featuring a whopping three turbochargers, the 3.0-liter powerplant produces 381 horsepower and a maniacal 546 pound-feet of torque, a figure that bests the brand's recently announced M5 by nearly 50 pound-feet. BMW says the engine will propel the so-called M550d sedan to 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in just 4.7 seconds, while the X6 M50d and X5 M50d will need 5.3 and 5.4 seconds respectively. That's just a hair off the 0 to 60 times of each model's full-bore "M" version.

Unfortunately, while the new M Performance models seem like a hoot to drive on paper, Americans may be left wondering exactly how they perform in real life as BMW has not yet announced plans to bring the engine stateside. And while the automaker's updated 2013 X6 features an "M Performance" package with styling upgrades and increased engine power, it stops short of the muscular engine we really want. Only time will tell if BMW decides to fulfill our diesel-powered desires.

What it means to you: If enough Americans clamor for a high-performance diesel, BMW may see it fit to bring the new M Performance models stateside.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan
Used 2012 BMW 3 Series
$19,454
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 7 Series
Used 2012 BMW 7 Series
$20,000
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d
Used 2012 BMW X5
$15,900
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
Used 2012 BMW 5 Series Sedan
Used 2012 BMW 5 Series
$12,000
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
BMW Details New M Performance Line - Autotrader