Though it is not cast in concrete just yet, it would appear that according to Car and Driver, BMW will be slotting the 3.0 liter six-pot oil burner into the freshened F01 current generation 7-Series, dubbing the car as a 735d or a 740d depending upon the output. Although this is exciting and groundbreaking in some ways for the US market, we unfortunately will not be getting the F10 550D with the high output (381 bhp, 546 ft-lbs) triple turbocharged version of the aforementioned six cylinder engine.
BMW is also the third German manufacturer to bring diesel to their flagship sedans in the US behind the Mercedes S350 BlueTec and the 2013 Audi A8 3.0 TDI.
The reason behind not bringing the M550D to the US is a simple one: there is not enough time left in the life (market) cycle of the F10 5 series to justify the cost of making it US-emissions compliant. Four to six years remain in the life cycle, but apparently that is not enough to justify the cost of building the necessary emissions controls. This might be a little bit depressing, but it is evidence to support the idea that BMW has heard the US cries for more diesels and is listening.
– By: Sawyer Sutton