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by George Skentzos

BMW has released its most powerful diesel model to date into the Australian market in the guise of the new BMW X5 3.0sd.

Featuring a 200kW 3.0-litre straight six, all-aluminium twin-turbo engine with a seemingly endless 565Nm, the X5 3.0sd is a born performer.

These figures see the X5 3.0sd capable of covering the zero to 100km/h sprint in just 7.3 seconds, with an astonishing average fuel consumption of 8.8 litres per 100km.

“We are certain the superb performance, class leading fuel efficiency and unsurpassed agility in a luxury Sports Activity Vehicle will ensure the X5 3.0sd is regarded as the benchmark in this market segment,”

Much of its performance may also be credited to its intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive and reduced weight which transforms the horses into forward momentum.

The X5 3.0sd will be specified in line with the X5 3.0d Executive, which means it will come with 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a rear view camera for when Reverse is engaged, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and steering column with memory function, BMW Navigation system Professional with 8.8-inch full colour monitor and analogue and digital Television receiver, Voice Recognition system and BMW Assist.

Standard across the entire X5 range are also front, side and head airbags, anti-lock brakes with Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, rain sensing wipers, automatic driving lights, multifunction steering wheel controls, iDrive with eight favourite buttons, cruise control with braking function, engine start/stop button, six-stacker CD player, and leather upholstery.

The Sport package adds Sport suspension settings, Sport leather steering wheel, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, front Sport seats, BMW Individual high-gloss Satin Chrome trim, and anthracite BMW Individual roof lining.

The BMW X5 3.0sd is priced from $102,800 while the X5 3.0sd with optional Sport package will be priced from $107,300 with the first deliveries scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2008.




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