Offered as the stylish member of the newest BMW M Performance diesel lineup, the 2012 X6 M50d got its Geneva debut.
It’s not really one of my favorite choices of anything with a BMW badge on the front but the X6 M50d does make itself interesting.
If you’re like me, not a big fan of the looks, you can’t deny the impressive effect the figures of that new diesel engine has.
The very lovable 3.0 liter straight six tri-turbo version of the company’s N57 engine develops 381 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque.
This sort of performance is not only enough for the 2012 BMW X6 M50d to shift around its bulk, it can also deliver some impressive fuel economy and performance while at it.
First, the performance. 0 to 62 acceleration takes a mere 5.3 seconds and its so fast at the top end that it had to be electronically limited to 155 mph.
The company’s 8-speed automatic transmission has something to do with that and the xDrive all wheel drive system ha something to say in keeping all that torque in check.
As for fuel economy, I will admit, it’s not exactly going to give the Toyota Prius any worries but for a bus-like coupe like the 2012 BMW X6 M50d it’s quite amazing.
On the EU test cycle the Bavarian company claims it’s going to average at least 36.7 mpg Imperial or 30.6 mpg U.S.
Like I said, not a worry for the Toyota Prius but then again, the little hybrid doesn’t have nearly 400 horsepower available on tap.