M’s moment of madness

But that's not to say that the X5 Le Mans isn't a proper racer, in its own way. If you're not pratting around, you can get an unbelievable lap time out of the thing. Hans Stuck, BMW's famed touring car and test driver, managed to get the beast around the Nordschleife in 7:49. To give you some perspective, that's six seconds faster than a Caterham R500 and three seconds faster than a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. Now laugh that one off.

It's funny, really. Just yesterday we were wondering if M would have a mid-life crisis and do something a bit mental now they've hit 40. But after a ride in the X5 Le Mans, it seems like they've already had one... just thirteen years too early.

Words and Photos: Rowan Horncastle