Inside, the driver and passengers experience the SAV’s massive torque from four distinctly sporty bucket seats. Although the large centre console is extensively covered, the interior largely resembles the comfort of the standard version. “The philosophy of our vehicles is based on the perfect interplay of dynamics, agility, precision and suitability for everyday use,” says Markus Flasch, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH.
This is just as true today as it was when the X5 Le Mans provided a first taste of what models like the BMW X5 M were capable of achieving in the years to come. The latter’s M TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine, with 4.4 litres displacement and 460 kW (625 hp), is the most powerful engine of all BMW production vehicles. Equipped with two twin-scroll turbochargers, high-pressure injection and Valvetronic, the high-performance unit in the BMW X5 M Competition sends a clear signal on the road and on the race track: 750 Nm torque, 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 13.4 seconds. The X5 Le Mans would be very proud of its worthy heir.