BMW has announced plans to showcase a variety of different models at this weekend's Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance including the X5 Le Mans. Designed to celebrate the company's win at the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans, the one-off model features a modestly revised exterior with a bulging hood, aerodynamic mirrors, and a new rear bumper with a center-mounted dual exhaust system. The crossover also features lightweight alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the X5's ride height.

BMW has announced plans to showcase a variety of different models at this weekend's Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance including the X5 Le Mans.

Designed to celebrate the company's win at the 1999 24 Hours of Le Mans, the one-off model features a modestly revised exterior with a bulging hood, aerodynamic mirrors, and a new rear bumper with a center-mounted dual exhaust system.  The crossover also features lightweight alloy wheels and a sport-tuned suspension that reduces the X5's ride height.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as designers installed four lightweight racing seats, a sport steering wheel, and auxiliary gauges on the dashboard. 

Power was provided by a 700 horsepower V12 engine that was sourced from the winning Le Mans race car.  It was connected to a six-speed manual transmission which reportedly enabled the model to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 193 mph.

Speaking of performance, German racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck took the X5 Le Mans to the Nürburgring in June 2001 and was able to post an impressive lap time of 7:49.92 minutes.  According to Nurburgringlaptimes.com the crossover's time was better than a number of other high-performance sports cars including the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari F430.

Source: BMW and BMW Blog

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