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      04-15-2021, 05:34 AM   #1
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Inside BMW Group Classic - the BMW X5 Le Mans

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Another awesome video from the guys at BMW Group Classic. This time on the E53 X5 Le Mans:

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This will always be such a cool and classic special prototype that has sadly lived most of its life in the Giftschrank (BMW Poison Storage) with all of the other cars that could have been. Hopefully they do the next video on the gorgeous E46 M3 Touring Prototype.

The iconic BMW V12 sourced from the McLaren F1, 700HP at 8,000RPM, RWD-Based and a 6-Speed Manual, all in the beefy package of an X5 SUV Sorry, SAV in BMW terms

I still remember the video of the X5 Le Mans lapping the Nürburgring from a while back, cracking in right under 7:50, a very impressive time for this monster.

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No idea this existed. Very cool!
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That's a great story Pity it's not Le Mans Blue though
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This will always be such a cool and classic special prototype that has sadly lived most of its life in the Giftschrank (BMW Poison Storage) with all of the other cars that could have been. Hopefully they do the next video on the gorgeous E46 M3 Touring Prototype.

The iconic BMW V12 sourced from the McLaren F1, 700HP at 8,000RPM, RWD-Based and a 6-Speed Manual, all in the beefy package of an X5 SUV Sorry, SAV in BMW terms

I still remember the video of the X5 Le Mans lapping the Nürburgring from a while back, cracking in right under 7:50, a very impressive time for this monster.



Now we just need to get to see the McLaren-powered E34 M5 Touring...

Very cool of BMW Classic to do these videos. I also like what they post on their Instagram account. Dare I say the cars are more interesting than what they've got now in production.
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I remember seeing it at Amelia a few years back; such a cool thing.
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No idea this existed. Very cool!
There's a whole underground garage that BMW has with one off prototypes and concepts that never saw the light of day called the "Giftschrank," which translates to Poison Storage.

E46 M3 Wagon, E39 M5 Wagon, E34 Convertible, E31 M8, E34 Touring, E60 M5 CSL, E36 M3 GTR, E36 M3 Compact (Ti), E30 and E93 Utes, X5 Le Mans, E32 Golfisch V16, and more.
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No idea this existed. Very cool!
There's a whole underground garage that BMW has with one off prototypes and concepts that never saw the light of day called the "Giftschrank," which translates to Poison Storage.

E46 M3 Wagon, E39 M5 Wagon, E34 Convertible, E31 M8, E34 Touring, E60 M5 CSL, E36 M3 GTR, E36 M3 Compact (Ti), E30 and E93 Utes, X5 Le Mans, E32 Golfisch V16, and more.
My god. All the wagons...
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Thanks for sharing. This is one of my all time favorite X5s. Another cool item back in the day was the multi trailer. I wish they'd bring back something like that.
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I will never forget that video of Hans driving the X5 Le Mans. Absolutely incredible.

What a machine! Love they did something like this, even as a prototype, it is utterly insane
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All good pictures and one-offs.
But it's not a poison storage, it's a treasure chest😊
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E34 Touring
I was gonna say this one definitely made it to production but when I saw it what is that thing?? lol

I think the E92 and E30 ute's are work trucks used for hauling items around the factory. https://www.autoblog.com/2016/09/27/...types-pickups/

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I was gonna say this one definitely made it to production but when I saw it what is that thing?? lol

I think the E92 and E30 ute's are work trucks used for hauling items around the factory. https://www.autoblog.com/2016/09/27/...types-pickups/

The E30's run lasted for 26 years of service
Found some more information. Apparently it was called the E34 Enduro Touring almost like a sort of camper/activity wagon. It featured a raised roof(13cm), searchlights, bike rack, third row seats, self-leveling air suspension, a fridge and a space for a hot air balloon.





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530ix Enduro Touring.
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I feel like all the new kids, and I use that term and loving manner, the people that are new to the BMW world, need to watch this video or the original one posted here and come to realize how freaking awesome it was that BMW put a V 12 in an SUV with a six speed transmission!!!!!

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I feel like all the new kids, and I use that term and loving manner, the people that are new to the BMW world, need to watch this video or the original one posted here and come to realize how freaking awesome it was that BMW put a V 12 in an SUV with a six speed transmission!!!!!

Thanks for sharing that.

As a tidbit, in the youtube comments of the Nordschleife-Video, there was a discussion whether the X5 Le Mans is RWD or AWD, and the general consensus seemed to be that it is RWD. However, in the above video, Hans-Joachim Stuck says it is AWD.
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No idea this existed. Very cool!
There's a whole underground garage that BMW has with one off prototypes and concepts that never saw the light of day called the "Giftschrank," which translates to Poison Storage.

E46 M3 Wagon, E39 M5 Wagon, E34 Convertible, E31 M8, E34 Touring, E60 M5 CSL, E36 M3 GTR, E36 M3 Compact (Ti), E30 and E93 Utes, X5 Le Mans, E32 Golfisch V16, and more.
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No idea this existed. Very cool!
There's a whole underground garage that BMW has with one off prototypes and concepts that never saw the light of day called the "Giftschrank," which translates to Poison Storage.

E46 M3 Wagon, E39 M5 Wagon, E34 Convertible, E31 M8, E34 Touring, E60 M5 CSL, E36 M3 GTR, E36 M3 Compact (Ti), E30 and E93 Utes, X5 Le Mans, E32 Golfisch V16, and more.
What a collection, the v16 e32 was interesting I've read about it. The motor was so long that they had to put the radiator in the trunk. Hence the massive side ducts behind the rear doors. Just shows the awesomeness of the m division. They build crazy prototypes that work.
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This machine is wicked beyond belief. That 7.0 L V-12 sounds epic...

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It’s part of the reason why there is the X5 M. When this was created, the handwriting was on the wall.
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