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The BMW X2 M35i impresses at the Rebelle Rally 2023.

Eight days and almost 2,900 kilometres through challenging terrain: The BMW X2 M35i makes a successful debut at Rebelle Rally 2023.

21 November 2023

The Rebelle Rally 2023, the longest off-road rally competition held in the United States. The six-stage rally takes participants through the south-west of the country, from the Mammoth Mountain Resort in Mammoth Lakes in California to the Imperial Dunes near the Mexican border. But not on well-maintained highways: the 2,896 kilometres lead through the harsh and unforgiving deserts of California and Nevada. In mid-October 2023, shortly after its world premiere, a BMW M automobile was also on the starting line. The BMW X2 M35i was a first-time competitor in the rally, faced a tough challenge that put the vehicle’s endurance and reliability to the test. Driven and navigated by veteran Rebelle Rally competitors Rebecca Donaghe and Sedona Blinson, the SAV immediately impressed on its debut in the X-CROSS™ class and achieved a fantastic second place.



Driver Rebecca Donaghe and navigator Sedona Blinson vor dem BMW X2Driver Rebecca Donaghe and navigator Sedona Blinson vor dem BMW X2
Driver Rebecca Donaghe und nagivator Sedona Blinson (f. l.).

“I have competed in a different vehicle for each of my six years of the rally”, says driver Rebecca Donaghe, “It can be especially challenging to bring a new model you don’t get to train with or even shakedown in the dirt before day zero, but that’s part of what makes it appealing to me. Those challenges are part of the game, but when the x factor is BMW, the engineering and capabilities are proven and solid – that’s a game changer.”

Teaming up with BMW for the highly anticipated 2023 Rebelle Rally is a thrilling privilege! This partnership is especially exciting because Rebecca and I get to introduce a new Manufacturer to the Rebelle community and showcase the all-new BMW X2 in this ultimate proving ground. The Rebelle Rally is the perfect stage for BMW to demonstrate their unparalleled performance and engineering prowess.
Sedona Blinson, navigator
THE X2 M35i.

THE X2 M35i.

Athletic individualist with an expressive appearance: The BMW X2 M35i xDrive will take its place at the pinnacle of the X2 range with its hallmark M design and handling characteristics. Its powerful four-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, M specific chassis tuning team up with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive to deliver an exhilarating driving experience at all times.

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