The one-off SUV had the same engine used by the Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 race car.
Born in an era when engineers had more freedom to have fun with engines, the one-off X5 Le Mans concept was hands down one of the coolest SUVs ever. Two decades later, it’s still a fascinating machine, equipped with a naturally aspirated V12 engine shared with the iconic McLaren F1. BMW is now looking back at the high-performance unique build created nearly a decade before the original X5 M.
The reason why it’s called “Le Mans” has to do with the 6.1-liter powerplant borrowed from the race car version of the McLaren F1, which triumphed at the grueling 24-hour endurance race in 1995. Interestingly, the engine used in the X5 Le Mans actually had more power since BMW didn’t have to bother with restrictions to meet regulations. For the full story and video, check out this article from Motor 1.