BMW X5 With a 700- plus-hp McLaren F1 V-12 under the hood
High-performance crossovers are a superabundant today, yet we still have not seen anything like this BMW X5.
That’s because it’s powered by the V-12 engine from a McLaren F1 supercar.
The BMW X5 Le Mans was a one-off experiment built by BMW in 2000.
As the name recommends, the X5 has the auto racing version of the McLaren F1 stuffed in between its front fenders.
Called P75, the engine powered the BMW V-12 LMR prototype racer to victory at the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans– BMW’s only total win at the famous endurance race.
In the X5, the 6.0-liter V-12 makes more than 700 hp, according to BMW.
That’s a lot greater than the 580 hp the race automobile had because designers eliminated the air restrictors that were needed for competition (for referral, the 6.1-liter S70 version made 618 hp in the McLaren F1). Hans-Joachim Stuck also drove the one-off X5 to a 7:49 lap of the Nürburgring.
On the outside, BBS wheels, a deep hood air intake, and also center-exit exhaust are clues that this is no regular X5.
It won’t be great on institution runs, nevertheless, as BMW removed the rear seats (period photos show back seats were installed at one factor).
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The inside additionally sporting activities E39 M5 gauges and also the variety of cautioning labels common of a model car.
BMW attempted to take advantage of the supercar engine it had developed.
The business likewise packed one of the V-12s into an E34 M5 wagon, as well as considered using it a 1990s version of the M8 that never became.