BMW X5 Lemans Concept 

  • built in Germany
  • 2000
  • 700 HP
  • 173 mph
Press-on handling (and steering feel) benefit significantly - to the extent that you can probably drive the X5 quicker and more assertively on the road than any other big 4x4.
by EVO (Jan, 2004)
The main gauge panel is set high on the dash, in an attractive binnacle.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)

Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW X5 Lemans Concept


X5 Lemans Concept
4.6 s

Top speed

X5 Lemans Concept
173 mph
Model S
130 mph
Chevelle SS454
133 mph

Data points Key details of the BMW X5 Lemans Concept


X5 Lemans Concept
700 HP
Impala SS
390 HP


X5 Lemans Concept
531 ft-lb
650i Coupé
442 ft-lb

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The system's transfer case apportions torque on a 38/62 front/rear basis in normal operation, although the split can vary according to conditions.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2000)
Reichl was the guy to ask about the X5's curb weight.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2000)
Once under way, though, throttle feel is fine.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2000)


Sure enough, equipped with the optional Sport package, the X5 delivers cornering and braking grip far superior to any other SUV we've tested.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2000)
By definition, a 4x4 is a vehicle that has four wheels with all of them being driven, so it would be hard to say the term doesn't apply, at least from a technical standpoint.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)
Like BMW cars, it feels stable all the way to its electronically limited 128-mph top speed, and its variable-assist steering is nicely weighted and communicative beyond about 50 mph.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2000)


Mated to the five-speed automatic ZF transmission, the powertrain is well-matched, downshifting intuitively when needed, upshifting without drama.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2000)
It was equipped with a five-speed, multimode automatic transmission featuring Steptronic sequential shifting.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)
It allows the driver to shift up and down much like a manual transmission, or select between Economy or Sport shift programming in the full automatic position.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)


It's possible to find a very nice X5 for less than ours cost, but don't expect to see many at the $49,970 base price (you could hold out for the upcoming six-cylinder X5, expected to start at about 40K).
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2000)
We suspect that minor camshaft changes and perhaps some reprogramming of the engine management system may bring the final torque figure up slightly, with a similar reduction in horsepower.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)
But the truly impressive bit is that, whatever the engine, the X5 is now more capable of using its performance with real composure.
by EVO (Jan, 2004)


How about a five- or six-speed manual, as BMW makes big noise about continuing to support-and please-drivers who insist on a clutch and do-it-yourself shifter?
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)
A roof rack is standard.
by MotorTrend (Apr, 1999)
Here's a hint: BMW is so confident that this vehicle's dynamics will set new standards that part of the worldwide press preview included hot-lapping on the racetrack at Road Atlanta.
by Car and Driver (Feb, 2000)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Year 2000

power & handling

Maximum hp 700 HP
Maximum torque 531 ft-lb @ 5,000 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion


Cylinders V12
Fuels Gas

road tests

Top speed 173 mph
0-60mph 4.6 s


Drivetrain Front Engine / 4WD
Gearing Traditional

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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