Now that BMW officially announced the return of a a diesel-powered 5 Series to the US, it’s time to take a closer look at what that model brings to the table. Dubbed 540d, the car will, however, be quite different from its European counterpart. Whereas in the old continent the 540d uses a twin-turbo 3-liter straight six diesel with 320 HP, the US version will instead be a Euro-spec 530d model under the sheet metal.
That means it will be using a similar 3-liter straight six engine but with less power, rated at 265 HP and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. Even so, compared to the old 535d model that used to be on sale in the US before the G30 5er came out, the numbers are an improvement. In case you don’t recall, the old F10 5 Series model had 258 HP and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, thus the new one coming out with a noticeable upgrade.
Nevertheless, even though some might be disappointed by the figures of the US-spec 540d, they’ll soon find that it has plenty of power and especially torque under the hood, especially considering the fact that the G30 chassis lost some weight compared to the old F10 model. As the video below proves, the 530d is also faster than its Mercedes-Benz rival, the E350d. The Stuttgart-made sedan comes with a V6 but its 3-liter engine also makes 7 less HP while on the torque front things are evenly matched.
The heavier Merc is seemingly a bit behind the BMW every step of the way as these two rush to reach their electronically limited top speeds in the video below. Of course, we also need to keep in mind that these videos can’t be taken as scientific fact as there are a number of factors to be taken into consideration here.