[VIDEO] BMW 520d Touring Hybrid Turbo Redefines Diesel Performance

The diesel engine is dying due to tighter European emissions rules and the rise of hybrid and electric vehicles. The oil burner is quickly losing favour on the Old Continent, where it was once the most common fuel type. BMW is defying the trend of selling diesel engines for all its models. From the 1 Series to the 8 Series, it thinks the engine has a future.

The B47 diesel engine is well-known for its presence in various different models. This includes the current generation’s pre-LCI 5 Series Touring. In the ordinary configuration, the four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine produces 190 horsepower and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). However, this wagon reportedly underwent a stage 3 kit. Thanks to a hybrid turbo and other modifications, it now produces 276 horsepower and a powerful 606 Nm (447 lb-ft).

The video doesn’t go into depth about the degree of the alterations this rear-wheel-drive wagon has undergone. But the exhaust has undoubtedly been changed. It doesn’t sound too bad for a four-cylinder diesel, but it isn’t an inline-six or a V8. The car appears to need around seven seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) later in the video. This is almost a second faster than the standard 520d Touring with the automatic transmission.

Being a four-cylinder diesel in a car that weighs about 1,750 kilograms (3,850 pounds) with a driver and all the necessary fluids, it’s not an especially speedy car, but that was to be expected. It’s the ideal Autobahn tool for gobbling up kilometres with amazingly low fuel consumption, even though you won’t be setting any Nürburgring records.

BMW is preparing to retire the G30/G31 and make room for the next-generation cars (G60/G61), which will have an assortment of diesel engines tailored primarily to European customers. The wraps are coming off in the next months, with the sedan likely to arrive first.

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