My current ride has a 3.0-liter V6, not the biggest engine I’ve ever had at my disposal but certainly the most muscular: 227 ponies (6400 rpm) and 217 lb-ft of torque (4000 rpm). Still, this is last-century technology, especially compared to something like this:
The lucky dogs at MSN Cars UK got to test BMW’s new 635d coupe and came away mighty impressed. The key to this car is the “d” at the end of the model number. Propulsion comes courtesy of BMW’s 3.0L twin-turbo inline six cylinder diesel which is rated at 286 hp and a mighty 427 lb-ft of torque. The almost electric motor-like torque of of the diesel means that this big coupe has more usable real world performance than the high-performance M6 model. The 635d hits 62mph from a standstill in 6.3 seconds which is pretty decent for a two-ton car. More impressive is the fact that it does all this while scoring 34 mpg (US) on the EU combined cycle.
We’ll be getting this engine eventually, in the 5-series sedan and the X5 sport-utility thing. With the shift (finally!) to low-sulfur fuel here in the States, I’m hoping we’ll see performance-oriented diesels affordable by mere mortals before too long.