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SPORTS ACTIVITY.SPORTS ACTIVITY.

SPORTS ACTIVITY.

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The BMW X5 Le Mans.

A legendary one-off model with a V12 racing engine.

30 July 2020

7 minutes, 42.253 seconds: the record lap time in 2020 for SUVs on the Nürburgring’s legendary Nordschleife. And, in the broadest sense, the yardstick for what is technically possible in this segment at that time. Before that, the previous record had stood at seven minutes and 49 seconds for almost two decades. This remarkable time set was set by race driver Hans-Joachim Stuck in June 2001, in an experimental vehicle which set important impulses for the future: the X5 Le Mans.

5 UNIQUE FACTS:

  • Prototype based on the BMW X5 E53
  • 6.1 litre V12 engine
  • Max. output: over 700 hp
  • Engine from the BMW V12 LMR
  • Paved the way for the BMW X5 M

LE MANS TECHNOLOGY MEETS SAV.

The BMW X5 Le Mans Prototyp.The BMW X5 Le Mans Prototyp.

When it premiered in March 2000, the BMW X5 Le Mans outshone every four-wheel drive that came before it. Under the bonnet of BMW's first Sports Activity Vehicle, a 12-cylinder engine developing more than 700 hp provided powerful performance. It came from the Le Mans-winning V12 LMR, which took BMW to victory in the world’s toughest endurance race in 1999. A study in feasibility, Technical Director Albert Biermann once again demonstrated the impressive performance possibilities of BMW M.

The Le-Mans-winner V12 LMR.The Le-Mans-winner V12 LMR.

311 km/h

Stuck reached this speed with the BMW X5 Le Mans during his record drive.

PERFORMANCE WITHOUT LIMITATIONS.

A GREAT PIECE OF MOTORSPORT HISTORY.

The „V12 BMW Motorsport“.The „V12 BMW Motorsport“.

The large-volume 12-cylinder in the BMW X5 Le Mans is almost completely concealed beneath a weight-optimised carbon cover. The ‘V12 BMW Motorsport’ inscription almost makes it look like a gleaming prize-winner’s trophy. The race-proven engine developed its maximum torque at as little as 5,000 revolutions per minute, while the six manually shifted gears pushed the 2,130 kilogram SAV impressively towards Vmax.

OLYMPIC-STYLE WORLD PREMIERE.

Details of the BMW X5 Le Mans.Details of the BMW X5 Le Mans.

PERFECTLY BALANCED.

More details of the BMW X5 Le Mans.More details of the BMW X5 Le Mans.
THE BMW X5 LE MANS AND MORE CLASSICS.THE BMW X5 LE MANS AND MORE CLASSICS.

THE BMW X5 LE MANS AND MORE CLASSICS.

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GAME-CHANGING.GAME-CHANGING.

GAME-CHANGING.

The BMW X5 Le Mans from 2001.

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