MUNICH — The one crucial fact to any understanding of the new X5 is BMW AG's eagerness to boast that its first sports/activity vehicle (SAV) is capable of lapping the legendary 22.8 km (14.2-mile) Nurburgring Nord-schleife in just 9 minutes, 28 seconds. It's not even the time, impressively only 10 seconds slower than a new 328 Coupe, so much as the knowledge that substantial dynamic development work took place on the world's most-challenging race circuit. Instead of hyping the X's off-road ...

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