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  BMW E53 X5 Le Mans
 

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2000
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe average SUV is mainly used by moms to bring their kids to soccer practise or to do the shopping. Moms don't look for an exciting drive so most SUVs are on the boring side. Most versions of the X5 are no exception to this rule, except for this one.
To brighten up the X5 launch BMW decided to built a very special version of the X5 showcasing the maximum ability of the car. Under the enlarged bonnet BMW have installed the 1999 Le Mans winning V12 engine. Now without the mandatory restrictors the engine is good for a healthy 700 bhp, which is about twice as much as the most powerful X5 V8. The chassis was adjusted to handle this slight power increase.
This all sounds very good on paper but racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck took the X5 Le Mans for a spin on one of the most demanding racing tracks in the world, the Nürburgring. He recorded a very impressive lap time of 7.49,92 minutes, that is over 25 seconds faster than a Z8.

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