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Old 01-23-2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Marwan View Post
Hey Mike, what's your take on BMW downgrading the diesel engine instead of upgrading it for the new X5? I realize the new car will be lighter and have an 8-speed (or even the newer 9-speed) tranny so the slight downgrade in performance will probably (or hopefully) be minimal, but come on seriously?!!!. Is it all just to achieve a better MPG and if that's the case is it worth the disappointment? I'm sure I'm not the only one here who was expecting a more powerful engine with better MPG (a la X40d engine) for the new X5d...
The N57 is one of the world's greatest powerplants, but it is overkill for what Americans do with it. BMW brought it over to "educate" those in the States that diesel is a viable alternative to gasoline... plenty of power and fun (e.g., 335d). For the next round, now that we are convinced of its benefits, we will enjoy its superior efficiency... meaning less "performance" but even better mileage. I'd love the 4.0-liter turbodiesel too!

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