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(Re) discover the sportiest BMW X5 with a V12!

If the Cayenne, RSQ8 and other sporty SUVs are legion today, this was not at all the case in 2000 when BMW presented this supercharged X5!

You may or may not know it, but BMW took part in the 24h of Le Mans. Not in the GT category, but in the queen LMP division and won in 1999. To celebrate this victory, the Bavarian engineers had a crazy idea: to install the engine of the victorious car under the hood of an X5! At the time, this car was a UFO, or rather an Orni, because there was no sports SUV on the market.

And not just any V12!

This V12 is legendary ! After its use in the V12 LMR victorious at Le Mans, this engine has found a place in the famous McLaren F1 ! Here he develops the trifle of 700 hp and 720 Nm of torque. Enough to propel this mastodon up to 100 km / h in just 4.7s and reach a maximum speed of 311 km / h!


A record that will last a long time

The German brand decides to send its creation on a some German Nürburgring circuit, One wonders why… This X5 will complete a lap in 7’49 ”. Which will earn it the title of the fastest SUV in Green Hell. A record that will last nearly 20 years ! In other words, an eternity in the field. It was not until 2019 that Audi will dethrone BMW with its RSQ8.

Discover or rediscover this X5 in video:

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