The BMW X5 Le Mans was once a product with many innovations. Born in an era of engineers with a lot of freedom to develop creativity with engines, the unique concept BMW X5 Le Mans is one of the coolest SUVs ever made. Two decades later, it’s still an alluring SUV, powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine shared with the classic McLaren F1 supercar. The German brand is now looking back at this unique high-performance vehicle, and helping fans understand more about it through the following video.
In terms of the name, the reason this car is called “Le Mans” is related to the 6.1-liter engine borrowed from the racing version of McLaren F1, which won the glory of the famous endurance race. in 1995. Even more interesting, the engine used in the X5 Le Mans actually got even more power since BMW had no concerns about restrictions.
As a result, it produces more than 700 hp (120 hp more than the track-spec McLaren F1) after removing the gas limiter and installing a custom exhaust system. With a maximum torque of 700 Nm, this X5 is a respectable speed monster at the time of its debut. It can reach speeds of 0-100 km / h in 4.7 seconds, and reaches 311 km / h on the Döttinger Höhe section of the Nürburgring, not bad accomplishment for an SUV weighing more than 2 tons.
When it comes to the Blue Hell race, the BMW X5 Le Mans can complete this famous German track in 7 minutes and 49 seconds, making it only 7 seconds slower than the current record holder Audi RS Q8. It can be said that this unique concept car is the closest thing to a McLaren SUV that we know will never exist.
In addition to the powerful engine block, this 2000 concept is also equipped with rear-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission. The BBS gold wheels are also a highlight, as are the center exhaust and race-style hugging seats inside. Despite mounting a giant engine up front, the X5 Le Mans has an almost perfect weight distribution ratio, 51:49 front / rear.