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BMW announces powerful 5- and 6-Series AWD variants

By David Bonnici, 13 Sep 2017 Car News

BMW announces powerful 5- and 6-Series AWD variants

The M550d xDrive Touring and 640d xDrive Gran Turismo have been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and could be coming to Australia

BMW has announced two new models including an M Performance all-wheel-drive 5-Series wagon and an all-paw diesel version of its big 6-Series Gran Turismo four-door coupe.

The BMW M550d xDrive Touring will feature what BMW claims is the world’s most powerful production diesel engine.

BMW M550d xDrive Touring

The 3.0-litre inline-six has a grand total of four turbochargers strapped to it to produce an imposing 294kW/760Nm which gives the wagon a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.6 seconds and a frugal combined fuel consumption of around 6.5L/100kms.

The uber oil burner will send all that power to all four wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

It will also feature active steering, an M aerodynamic package, M-sports suspension lowered by 10mm, sports brakes, and 19-inch M light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres.

BMW M550d xDrive Touring INTERIOR

All-wheel-drive M Performance models have thus far been unavailable in Australia because they’re only built in left-hand drive and there wasn’t a demand for xDrive vehicles because of the lack of ice and snow.

However the M550d has a chance to make its way Down Under, with a BMW Australia spokesman telling Wheels magazine “This is changing as our passenger vehicles and systems become ever more powerful and dynamic, to a point where it is making sense to introduce M and M Performance vehicles with all-wheel drive systems.”

BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo

This thinking could see the all-new 640d xDrive Gran Turismo arrive on the same boats to complement the three rear-wheel-drive petrol versions on sale here.

The 640d GT is also powered by 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine but with two fewer turbochargers and a slightly more subdued output of 235kW and 680Nm. Also coupled with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission and xDrive four-wheel drive system it can reach 100km/h from a standing start in 5.3 seconds with combined fuel consumption of around 6.0L/100km.

BMW 640d xDrive Gran Turismo