BMW X5 Adventure Trip Namibia – Driving in the mountains

BMW X5 | May 19th, 2009 by 8

BMW Group is organizing driver trainings in Namibia, which enables anyone to test the BMW X5 in various situations across South West Africa on a …

BMW Group is organizing driver trainings in Namibia, which enables anyone to test the BMW X5 in various situations across South West Africa on a 1,200 kilometer trip. Participants will not only drive, with the help of a roadbook and GPS, through canyons, dried river deltas and across steep mountain passes, but will also experience the African wildlife.

BMW decided to “show off” the impressive, but sometimes overlooked, off-road capabilities of the X5 and launched some videos showing footage of the BMW X5 on an adventure trip in Namibia driving through deep sand, river banks, mountains and on gravel roads.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwQhe6ZBeA0[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmLjjW39Plo[/youtube]

I haven’t had a chance to drive the X5 off-road, but future plans have us going to the Spartanburg Performance Center and take the X5 through the improvised obstacle course.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508183767 Miles Ransom

    im sorry, im a loyal bmw superfan, but this is nothing compared to the land rovers. bmw’s are my favorite things in the world, but i hate it when bmw try’s to flaunt off road skills that aren’t there

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584867244 Matt Stokes

    @Miles Ransom: This is driver training, I think its more about taking X owners to the limits of what the car can do, in terrain which, to be fair, would be impassable in non X models – Limits which for average-joe-driver would be pretty extreme.

    I think BMW should make a true off-road X model, something like a LR Defender/Merc G Class type vehicle – more agricultural.

  • Alysha Beezie

    Is this a Joke!?

  • http://blogautomobile.fr Gonzague

    speaking of land rover, at the end of the first video … there is one :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508183767 Miles Ransom

    @Matt Stokes: or just make an LR3 competitor and be done with it! ;) (I have an LR3 :P)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503251677 Andrea Denaro

    @Miles Ransom: my X5 3.0 sd goes 240 kmh (150 mph) and is agile like a sport car! I’m happy that can go on white or sand road, but it not so slow and boring on the street as a Land rover is ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584867244 Matt Stokes

    I think it is virtuall impossible to have class leading on road dynamics and still have true off-road capability, thats why I think BMW need a separate model… then they should make an M version, then I’d buy one, instead of just lusting after a bowler wildcat :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508183767 Miles Ransom

    @Andrea Denaro: haha yeah we have an x5 4.4i as well

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