Top End serves up new triple turbo treat

NT News - Motoring - - CARSSPORTGUIDE -

BMW Aus­tralia chose Dar­win and the Top End as the venue for the na­tional launch of two new ve­hi­cles with ground-breaking new tech­nol­ogy.

Jour­nal­ists from Aus­tralia’s ma­jor mo­tor­ing me­dia were flown into Dar­win this week for the launch of the new BMW X5 M50d and X6 M50d ve­hi­cles.

Sit­ting at the top of the BMW SUV range, th­ese ve- hi­cles are pow­ered by a tech­no­log­i­cal first — a triple turbo diesel en­gine.

BMW says this has re­sulted in the most pow­er­ful six-cylin­der diesel en­gine in the world, com­bined with hall­mark fuel econ­omy.

The en­gine com­bines 280kW of power and 740Nm of torque — pre­vi­ously only seen in V8 and V12 en­gines — in a six-cylin­der en­gine, pro­vid­ing a com­bined econ- omy of just 7.5l/100km. Com­par­a­tive V8 and V12 twin turbo diesels have less per­for­mance, yet con­sume on av­er­age 9.2l/100k and 11.3l/100km re­spec­tively.

BMW­worked closely with Tourism NT and lo­cal BMW man­age­ment, in­clud­ing Paul Ogilivie-Mitchell, to make the launch a uniquely Ter­ri­to­rian af­fair.

Start­ing with a Top Endthemed of­fi­cial launch at Wild­man River, jour­nal­ists were then treated to some of the Ter­ri­tory’s great Out­back roads, cul­mi­nat­ing with a drive day at Hid­den Val­ley Race­way.

Ac­com­pa­nied by BMW’s top driver trainer, jour­nal­ists tested the ve­hi­cle in the con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment of Hid­den Val­ley.

For more de­tails about BMW cars, visit NT Au­to­mo­tive Group in Win­nel­lie.

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