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Feature Flick: 2012 BMW X5 M Challenges M3 at Laguna Seca; Who Wins?

Put a 2012 BMW X5 M and a M3 together on the race track and a betting man would be seemingly wise to put his money down on the latter. How could a 5300-pound, porker of an SUV beat the svelte and dynamically blissful M3?

Sure, the X5 M makes a whopping 555-hp from its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8, which is 141 hp more than the naturally aspirated 4.0-liter mill in the M3. But the M3 is almost 1600 pounds lighter, lower to the ground, and more nimble.

The X5 M, however, has a few tricks up its sleeve, including all-wheel drive and a torque-vectoring differential. On the track, its high ground clearance would be an obvious handicap, but watch the following video to find out how the X5 M uses it to its advantage at the infamous “corkscrew” turn at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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2012 BMW X5

2012 BMW X5

MSRP $64,200 xDrive50i

EPA MPG:

16 City / 23 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 75.2 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/7