The German automaker has presented during this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance variety of different models, but one of the most interesting addition is not exactly new.
We’re talking here about the X5 Le Mans, which has been designed a while ago (2000) to celebrate the automaker’s win at the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans. The customized family SUV was so illogical that back then the whole world stopped and stared in amazement. The model carried a modestly fresh exterior styling that served a purpose – it had a bulging hood, aerodynamic mirrors, and a new rear bumper with a center-mounted dual exhaust system. The automaker also added lightweight alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension that dropped a bit the X5’s ride height. The unique styling went on inside the cabin turned cockpit where designers and engineers opted for the installation of four lightweight racing seats, a sport steering wheel, and auxiliary gauges on the dashboard.
Power came courtesy of a 700 horsepower V12 engine that was taken from the winning Le Mans race car. It was linked to a six-speed manual transmission and performance reports called for a 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint in 4.7 seconds and an electronically-governed maximum speed of 193 mph. Back in June 2001 German racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck had a stint with the X5 Le Mans on the Nürburgring came up with an impressive lap time of 7:49.92 minutes – back then it was better than what the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari F430 could deliver.