The iconic bends of Monza traced in the ancient sand of the Sahara.

Munich/San Donato Milanese. For the launch of the new
BMW X5 (fuel consumption combined: 11.6 – 6.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions
combined: 264 – 158 g/km; provisional figures), BMW Italy has created
an undertaking like no other: bringing the iconic bends of Monza into
the secular sand of the Sahara. The historic Monza circuit was
reproduced in Merzouga, in one of the most desert areas of Morocco: a
route of 5,793 meters that stands out among the sands and rocks of the
Sahara. Every bend, every straight section, every chicane has been
faithfully reconstructed on a 1:1 scale, both in the radius of
curvature and in the distances.

For two weeks, more than 50 people including engineers, surveyors,
technicians, workers and pilots have worked and contributed to realize
this incredible project. It took 4 days of study and preparation with
surveyors, engineers and architects, with 8 post for topographic
design and simulation. For 9 days, 4 bulldozers and 4 trucks dug 24
cubic meters at a time to prepare the soil and remove excess sand;
while 2 graders and 2 compactors have defined and compacted the track.
Over 3500 cubic meters of earth have been moved to give life to the
off-road track.

A monumental work that culminates in an unprecedented challenge: the
new BMW X5, after having crossed Europe on a journey in stages, has
reached the circuit of “Monza, Sahara” in the impervious
Moroccan desert where, in the dunes of sand and rocks, has challenged
one of the most hostile terrain on the planet and faced Lesmo, Ascari
and Parabolica, giving evidence of its off-road ability, thanks to the
new xOffroad package, which makes its debut on this model. The new BMW
X5 was welcomed in Morocco by the new BMW R 1250 GS, the enduro
motorcycle par excellence of BMW Motorrad, recently renovated with a
new boxer engine, which was the forerunner in this undertaking.

The new BMW X5: the xOffroad package is an absolute news.

The BMW X family originated from the BMW X5 and today, in its
fourth generation, this model stands out as it has never done before,
both in terms of aesthetics and its modernity. The new BMW X5
impresses with its wealth of innovations and represents the most
convincing incarnation to date of the familiar Sports Activity Vehicle
(SAV) model: the ability to venture off-road perfectly combined with
the pleasure of dynamic driving. Like its predecessors, the BMW X5
will be built at the Spartanburg BMW plant in the United States. The
launch on the Italian market will be on 24 and 25 November 2018.

The new design of the Bavarian SAV enhances safety and solidity,
conferred by the bigger dimensions, if compared to its predecessor,
that contribute to the impressive appearance and an enviable interior
space. The new BMW X5 maintains the typical proportions of a SAV,
clean surfaces and precise lines that accentuate the robustness,
safety and grandeur of the car. Even the interiors, cared for in every
detail, are characterized by a modern design and an exclusive atmosphere.

The new chassis systems improve the off-road performance, sportiness
and comfort of the new BMW X5. The SAV is equipped as standard with
Dynamic Damper Control while the Adaptive M Professional suspension
with active anti-roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering
(making its debut in a BMW X model) guarantee extremely agile and
dynamic driving characteristics. The air suspension of the two axles
satisfies those looking for maximum driving comfort and allows the
vehicle height to be adjusted by 80 millimetres by pressing a button
or using the BMW Display Key.

An absolute novelty for the model is the possibility for customers to
choose the xOffroad package. A specific button gives the driver the
choice between four off-road driving modes (xSand, xRocks, xGravel,
xSnow), which automatically determine the ideal vehicle height
settings, xDrive system, acceleration response and transmission
control, and corrective inputs of the DSC system when you need to
drive on sand, rocks, gravel or snow.

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