2001 BMW X Coupe

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The BMW X Coupe is based on the chassis of the X5 off-roader, with an aluminium body and stands 58.3 inches high, (which is slightly taller than the 3 Series Coupe at 53.9 inches).

Like the BMW Z9 concept, this car is fitted with a diesel engine (are BMW trying to tell us something?). A 3 litre unit is used as fitted to the 530d which is good for 184bhp. Impressively though, BMW have squeezed a tree-stump pulling 332 lb-ft of torque out of it. Top speed is anticipated to be around 125mph.

With the coupe sitting high, the need for downforce has been addressed by a spoiler that reveals itself at speed. Unlike conventional systems, this spoiler lowers itself from the rear bumper at 68mph.

With its chassis from the X5, the X Coupe inherits the four wheel drive system which BMW call All Season Traction (AST). Other on-board-acronyms include Dynamic Stability Control (DSC-X) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).

BMW have taken a bold step with the lighting system on the X Coupe concept. The headlamps move with the front wheels (much like on old Citroens) illuminating bends in the road. However in a scary 21st Century development, the headlamps will also take a feed from the GPS system and move in accordance with the map of the area you’re in. Let’s hope you have an up-to-date map installed.

Another unique idea on this car is it’s ’asymmetrical design’. Although not immediately obvious, a closer examination reveals that the two tail light units are not symmetrical. Their inboard edges are parallel both pointing downward to the right. The rear tailgate is asymmetrical too, and almost the entire rear section opens by tilting rearward, revealing the cargo space and rear seats.


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